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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 phrase important to comprehension or expression. Students are then asked to find the words within the newspaper and copy the sentence for context to its overall meaning or function in a sentence.
This Week's Word In The News 

POLARIZED

DEFINITION:
Marked by a sharp division, as of a population or group, into opposing factions.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Well, maybe not quite that many, but the numbers have been trending upward in recent years as legislators and large blocs of voters are struggling to find their place in an increasingly polarized political environment.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, 11/23/2020

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

A proportional part or share.

To take in by elaborate methods of deceit

A preparation of a weakened or killed pathogen.


2. Tsunami

A very large and destructive wave, generally caused by a tremendous disturbance in the ocean, such as an undersea earthquake or volcanic eruption.

One that takes in everything available, as with the mind.

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

The method or result of concealing personnel or equipment from an enemy by making them appear to be part of the natural surroundings


3. Xylem

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

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

A person with masterly skill or technique in the arts.

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


4. Strategy

The science and art of using all the forces of a nation to execute approved plans as effectively as possible during peace or war.

Grossly offensive to decency or morality.

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

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


5. Embargo

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

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

Self-examination.

To have a great ambition or ultimate goal


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