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Common Core State Standard
LS.CCS.4/5/6 Grades 3-12: Students are asked to determine the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words through multiple choice vocabulary quizzes. Quizzes are designed to help students demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships and nuances in words, acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words, and gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phase important to comprehension or expression. Students are then asked to find the words within the newspaper and copy the sentence for context to it's overall meaning or function in a sentence.
This Week's Word In The News 

JIHAD

DEFINITION:
An Arabic word meaning striving or struggling. In Islam, it is “striving in the path of God.” It is often used to refer to a "holy war" or a vigorous campaign against perceived foes.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Top leaders of the Illinois Republican Party launched an effort at damage control Sunday after a social media post echoed President Donald Trump’s criticism of four Democratic congresswoman and went further, referring to them in a movie-type poster of being a “jihad squad” and contending they believe any criticism is racist.
The Chicago Tribune, 07/22/2019

Words in the News Quiz
5 Middle School Words

Click on the correct answer in the quiz below.
Then see if you can find the word in your newspaper -- the print edition, the website or the digital edition and copy the sentence for context. NOTE: High School words are much harder to find!


1. Despondent

Being without or almost without hope

The main character in a drama or other literary work.

A conventional, formulaic, and oversimplified conception, opinion, or image.

The right or privilege of voting; franchise.


2. Bamboozle

To take in by elaborate methods of deceit

A disorderly commotion or disturbance.

Any of various relatively small sailing or motor-driven vessels used for pleasure cruises or racing.

The supporting and water-conducting tissue of vascular plants, consisting primarily of tracheids and vessels; woody tissue.


3. Analogy

Any of various relatively small sailing or motor-driven vessels used for pleasure cruises or racing.

The supporting and water-conducting tissue of vascular plants, consisting primarily of tracheids and vessels; woody tissue.

A grotesque ornamental figure or projection.

Similarity in some respects between things that are otherwise dissimilar.


4. Chronology

The arrangement of events in time

Harmful, malevolent, injurious. Harmfully cancerous.

A cult or religious movement, a group sharing particular (often unorthodox) political and/or religious beliefs.

The branch of biology that deals with animals and animal life, including the study of the structure, physiology, development, and classification of animals.


5. Tundra

A cult or religious movement, a group sharing particular (often unorthodox) political and/or religious beliefs.

The branch of biology that deals with animals and animal life, including the study of the structure, physiology, development, and classification of animals.

An embankment built to prevent flooding

A treeless area between the icecap and the tree line of Arctic regions, having a permanently frozen subsoil and supporting low-growing vegetation


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