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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 

CONTINUUM

DEFINITION:
Something that changes in character gradually or in very slight stages without any clear dividing points.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Instead, climate breakdown exists on a continuum where every 10th of a degree of additional heating means more death and suffering.
The Los Angeles Times, 09/16/2019

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. Zoology

Having a backbone or spinal column.

A cult or religious movement, a group sharing particular (often unorthodox) political and/or religious beliefs.

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

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


2. Chronology

To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive

The arrangement of events in time

A disorderly commotion or disturbance.

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


3. Maneuver

A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.

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

A poisonous substance, especially a protein, that is produced by living cells or organisms.

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


4. Eclectic

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

A rebirth or revival.

One that is inconvenient, annoying, or vexatious; a bother.

A person with masterly skill or technique in the arts.


5. Introspection

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

Self-examination.

In a deplorable state of distress or misfortune; miserable.

A fungus, usually of the class Ascomycetes, that grows symbiotically with algae,


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