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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. Camouflage

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

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

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

A person with masterly skill or technique in the arts.


2. Gargoyle

A fungus, usually of the class Ascomycetes, that grows symbiotically with algae,

A grotesque ornamental figure or projection.

A Y-shaped protein on the surface of B cells that is secreted into the blood or lymph in response to an antigenic stimulus

To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive


3. Renaissance

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

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

A rebirth or revival.

A preparation of a weakened or killed pathogen.


4. Sacrifice

The quality or state of being tranquil; serenity.

Forfeiture of something highly valued for the sake of one considered to have a greater value or claim.

A relationship of mutual benefit or dependence.

Being without or almost without hope


5. Delegate

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

An embankment built to prevent flooding

A dense evergreen forest occupying a tropical region with an annual rainfall of at least 100 inches.

The arrangement of events in time


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