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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. Fallacy

A treeless area between the icecap and the tree line of Arctic regions, having a permanently frozen subsoil and supporting low-growing vegetation

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

Incorrectness of reasoning or belief

A conventional, formulaic, and oversimplified conception, opinion, or image.


2. Bandolier

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

A member of an irregular, usually indigenous military or paramilitary unit operating in small bands in occupied territory to harass and undermine the enemy

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

Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt.


3. Tariff

Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt.

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

A schedule of prices or fees.

To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive


4. Kilometer

A metric unit of length equal to 1,000 meters (0.62 mile).

Marked by hearty conviviality and good cheer.

The arrangement of events in time

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


5. Spectrum

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

Appropriateness of behavior or conduct

The distribution of energy emitted by a radiant source, arranged in order of wavelengths.

To condescend to give or grant


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