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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 

PAROCHIAL

DEFINITION:
Of, relating to, or financially supported by one or more church parishes. Of or relating to parochial schools.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
He’s also learned what to do in the event that an armed intruder shows up at the North Center parochial school, which recently spent nearly $90,000 on a security system designed to quickly notify police if an active shooter is on church or school premises.
The Chicago Tribune, 09/17/2018

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. Lichen

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

A rebirth or revival.

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

Grossly offensive to decency or morality.


2. Ellipse

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

One thing conceived as representing another; a symbol.

Having no specific pattern, purpose, or objective.

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


3. Vaccine

A preparation of a weakened or killed pathogen.

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

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

Self-examination.


4. Boycott

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 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

One who rejects a religion, cause, allegiance, or group for another; a deserter.

Similarity in some respects between things that are otherwise dissimilar.


5. Undulate

The food-conducting tissue of vascular plants, consisting of sieve tubes, fibers, parenchyma, and sclereids.

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

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

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


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