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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 

DIMINISHMENT

DEFINITION:
The act or process of decreasing: a reduction or curtailment

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Denver epitomizes this diminishment of nature in the city, a trend worldwide with 55 percent of humanity living in urban areas and a projected 2.5 billion more people on the way by 2050.
The Denver Post, 01/14/2019

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. Hologram

To abstain from or act together in abstaining from using, buying, or dealing with as an expression of protest or disfavor or as a means of coercion

The repetition of the same sounds or of the same kinds of sounds at the beginning of words or in stressed syllables

Conversation between characters in a drama or narrative

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


2. Plateau

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

Having a buoyant or self-confident air; brisk.

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

The practice of professing beliefs, feelings, or virtues that one does not hold or possess; falseness.


3. Vacillate

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

A diffuse mass of interstellar dust or gas or both, visible as luminous patches or areas of darkness

The act of resting or the state of being at rest.

Enforced isolation or restriction of free movement imposed to prevent the spread of contagious disease.


4. Deduction

The act of resting or the state of being at rest.

Enforced isolation or restriction of free movement imposed to prevent the spread of contagious disease.

To have a great ambition or ultimate goal

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


5. Silhouette

A state of uncertainty or perplexity.

Harmful, malevolent, injurious. Harmfully cancerous.

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

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


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