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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 

JIHAD

DEFINITION:
An Arabic word meaning striving or struggling. In Islam, it is “striving in the path of God.” It is often used to refer to a "holy war" or a vigorous campaign against perceived foes.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Top leaders of the Illinois Republican Party launched an effort at damage control Sunday after a social media post echoed President Donald Trump’s criticism of four Democratic congresswoman and went further, referring to them in a movie-type poster of being a “jihad squad” and contending they believe any criticism is racist.
The Chicago Tribune, 07/22/2019

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. Solstice

One thing conceived as representing another; a symbol.

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

Being without or almost without hope

A characteristic rate or rhythm of activity; a pace


2. Jaunty

The distance that light travels in a vacuum in one year.

A proportional part or share.

Having a buoyant or self-confident air; brisk.

A diffuse mass of interstellar dust or gas or both, visible as luminous patches or areas of darkness


3. Renaissance

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

The act of resting or the state of being at rest.

A rebirth or revival.

The systematic procedure by which a complex or scientific task is accomplished.


4. Zoology

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

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

The branch of biology that deals with animals and animal life, including the study of the structure, physiology, development, and classification of animals.

One that takes in everything available, as with the mind.


5. Ellipse

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

Any of several rod-shaped bacteria, of the genus Salmonella, that cause food poisoning and other diseases.

The locus of points for which the sum of the distances from each point to two fixed points is equal

A schedule of prices or fees.


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