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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 


A usually large farm or estate, especially in a tropical or semitropical country, on which cotton, tobacco, coffee, sugar cane, or the like is cultivated, usually by resident laborers.

Frederick D. Haynes III, the senior pastor of Friendship-West Baptist Church, held a news conference outside of the Dallas police headquarters last month to accuse Jones of "plantation politics."
The Dallas Morning News, 11/20/2017

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. Wretched

In a deplorable state of distress or misfortune; miserable.

Loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline

Something that is passed down from preceding generations; a tradition.

Any of several rod-shaped bacteria, of the genus Salmonella, that cause food poisoning and other diseases.

2. Recede

An alteration or change, as in nature, form, or quality.

To move back or away from a limit, point, or mark

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

A preparation of a weakened or killed pathogen.

3. Voracious

Consuming or eager to consume great amounts of food; ravenous.

A characteristic rate or rhythm of activity; a pace

The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.

A closed plane figure bounded by three or more line segments.

4. Plateau

A prohibition by a government on certain or all trade with a foreign nation

An elevated, comparatively level expanse of land; a tableland.

To condescend to give or grant

A relationship of mutual benefit or dependence.

5. Protagonist

The pattern produced on a photosensitive medium that has been exposed by holography and then photographically developed.

The main character in a drama or other literary work.

To swing indecisively from one course of action or opinion to another.

A form of a verb that in some languages, such as English, can function independently as an adjective.

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