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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 

CONTINUUM

DEFINITION:
Something that changes in character gradually or in very slight stages without any clear dividing points.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Instead, climate breakdown exists on a continuum where every 10th of a degree of additional heating means more death and suffering.
The Los Angeles Times, 09/16/2019

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. Mutation

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

The systematic procedure by which a complex or scientific task is accomplished.

A characteristic rate or rhythm of activity; a pace

To condescend to give or grant


2. Labyrinth

A characteristic rate or rhythm of activity; a pace

To condescend to give or grant

Inspiring awe, admiration, or wonder

An intricate structure of interconnecting passages through which it is difficult to find one’s way; a maze.


3. Phloem

The food-conducting tissue of vascular plants, consisting of sieve tubes, fibers, parenchyma, and sclereids.

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

Conversation between characters in a drama or narrative

Sharing the same opinions or views; being in complete harmony or accord.


4. Vacillate

Conversation between characters in a drama or narrative

Sharing the same opinions or views; being in complete harmony or accord.

A poisonous substance, especially a protein, that is produced by living cells or organisms.

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


5. Pulverize

To pound, crush, or grind to a powder or dust.

A rebirth or revival.

To take in by elaborate methods of deceit

One who rejects a religion, cause, allegiance, or group for another; a deserter.


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