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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 


Characterized by percussion; caused by or related to the action of striking or pounding something.

Enter the huge building that houses the Excavation Engineering and Earth Mechanics Institute at the Colorado School of Mines, walk past the massive tunnel-boring machine, rotary and percussive drills, and you’ll get a glimpse of the new frontier of development — space resources.
The Denver Post, 03/18/2019

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. Quota

A proportional part or share.

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

One who habitually takes advantage of the generosity of others without making any useful return.

Having no specific pattern, purpose, or objective.

2. Mosaic

One who habitually takes advantage of the generosity of others without making any useful return.

Having no specific pattern, purpose, or objective.

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

A picture or decorative design made by setting small colored pieces, as of stone or tile, into a surface.

3. Inference

Incorrectness of reasoning or belief

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

Relating to a system of writing, such as that of ancient Egypt, in which pictorial symbols are used to represent meaning or sounds or a combination of meaning and sound.

The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.

4. Camouflage

A prohibition by a government on certain or all trade with a foreign nation

To take in by elaborate methods of deceit

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

A teacher and guide in spiritual and philosophical matters.

5. Analogy

Being without or almost without hope

Similarity in some respects between things that are otherwise dissimilar.

Appropriateness of behavior or conduct

Selecting or employing individual elements from a variety of sources, systems, or styles

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