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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 

RESERVOIR

DEFINITION:
A natural or artificial place where water is collected and stored for use, especially water for supplying a community, irrigating land, furnishing power, etc.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
The Colorado River is so strained amid population growth and a climate shift to hotter, drier conditions that federal water managers may declare an unprecedented “shortage” and cut releases from reservoirs.
The Denver Post, 08/20/2018

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. Toxin

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

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

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

Self-examination.


2. Deduction

To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive

An ammunition belt, worn over the shoulder, having loops or pockets for cartridges.

The drawing of a conclusion by reasoning; the act of deducing.

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


3. Decorum

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

Appropriateness of behavior or conduct

A teacher and guide in spiritual and philosophical matters.

An embankment built to prevent flooding


4. Vacillate

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

A person authorized to act as representative for another; a deputy.

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

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


5. Sect

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

A drawing consisting of the outline of something, especially a human profile, filled in with a solid color.

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

To move in waves or with a smooth, wavelike motion.


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