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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 

RESERVOIR

DEFINITION:
A natural or artificial place where water is collected and stored for use, especially water for supplying a community, irrigating land, furnishing power, etc.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
The Colorado River is so strained amid population growth and a climate shift to hotter, drier conditions that federal water managers may declare an unprecedented “shortage” and cut releases from reservoirs.
The Denver Post, 08/20/2018

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. Eclectic

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

To swing indecisively from one course of action or opinion to another.

One thing conceived as representing another; a symbol.

A closed plane figure bounded by three or more line segments.


2. Tundra

One thing conceived as representing another; a symbol.

A closed plane figure bounded by three or more line segments.

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

A treeless area between the icecap and the tree line of Arctic regions, having a permanently frozen subsoil and supporting low-growing vegetation


3. Phloem

Of, relating to, or occurring in the night

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

An ammunition belt, worn over the shoulder, having loops or pockets for cartridges.

Appropriateness of behavior or conduct


4. Light-Year

To move back or away from a limit, point, or mark

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

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

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


5. Lichen

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

A characteristic rate or rhythm of activity; a pace

The science and art of using all the forces of a nation to execute approved plans as effectively as possible during peace or war.

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


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