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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 


Provoking horror; horrible.

“We all watched the horrific death of George Floyd on video as witnesses begged the police officer to take him to the police car and get off his neck,” read the statement from attorney Benjamin Crump, who also represents the families of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, two African-Americans killed in recent high-profile incidents.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, 06/01/2020

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. Xylem

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

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

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

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

2. Enthusiastic

Having or demonstrating enthusiasm

A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.

Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt.

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

3. Decorum

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

A preparation of a weakened or killed pathogen.

Appropriateness of behavior or conduct

Strikingly unconventional and far-fetched in style or appearance; odd

4. Divulge

A weather phenomenon in the Eastern Pacific that is precisely equivalent to a hurricane.

To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive

To proclaim publicly

A closed plane figure bounded by three or more line segments.

5. Delegate

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

A teacher and guide in spiritual and philosophical matters.

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

To rejoice greatly; be jubilant or triumphant

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