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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 

INCOMPETENCE

DEFINITION:
Lack of ability or capacity. Lack of physical or intellectual ability or qualifications.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Florida ? forever the land of hanging chads, marred by the stain of electoral incompetence ? found itself Saturday embroiled in a recount lollapalooza that recalled the presidential limbo of 18 years ago that made the state a national joke.
The Palm Beach Post, 11/12/2018

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. Phloem

A disorderly commotion or disturbance.

To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive

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

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


2. Pulverize

The quality or state of being tranquil; serenity.

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

To pound, crush, or grind to a powder or dust.

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


3. Metaphor

Marked by hearty conviviality and good cheer.

A characteristic rate or rhythm of activity; a pace

Forfeiture of something highly valued for the sake of one considered to have a greater value or claim.

One thing conceived as representing another; a symbol.


4. Dialogue

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

Conversation between characters in a drama or narrative

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

To proclaim publicly


5. Participle

To proclaim publicly

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

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

A form of a verb that in some languages, such as English, can function independently as an adjective.


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