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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 

INCOMPETENCE

DEFINITION:
Lack of ability or capacity. Lack of physical or intellectual ability or qualifications.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Florida ? forever the land of hanging chads, marred by the stain of electoral incompetence ? found itself Saturday embroiled in a recount lollapalooza that recalled the presidential limbo of 18 years ago that made the state a national joke.
The Palm Beach Post, 11/12/2018

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. Marsupial

Any of various nonplacental mammals, including kangaroos, opossums, bandicoots, and wombats, found principally in Australia and the Americas.

Exceeding the limits of propriety or good manners; improperly forward or bold

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

Being without or almost without hope


2. Vaccine

A preparation of a weakened or killed pathogen.

A teacher and guide in spiritual and philosophical matters.

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

To honor the memory of with a ceremony


3. Metaphor

To honor the memory of with a ceremony

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

One thing conceived as representing another; a symbol.

A relationship of mutual benefit or dependence.


4. Solstice

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

Either of two times of the year when the sun is at its greatest distance from the celestial equator.


5. Alliteration

An embankment built to prevent flooding

To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive

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

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


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