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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. Vacillate

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

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

To rejoice greatly; be jubilant or triumphant

Harmful, malevolent, injurious. Harmfully cancerous.


2. Hypocrisy

Harmful, malevolent, injurious. Harmfully cancerous.

A very large and destructive wave, generally caused by a tremendous disturbance in the ocean, such as an undersea earthquake or volcanic eruption.

A person authorized to act as representative for another; a deputy.

The practice of professing beliefs, feelings, or virtues that one does not hold or possess; falseness.


3. Analogy

Appropriateness of behavior or conduct

Grossly offensive to decency or morality.

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

Similarity in some respects between things that are otherwise dissimilar.


4. Sect

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

The pattern produced on a photosensitive medium that has been exposed by holography and then photographically developed.

Strikingly unconventional and far-fetched in style or appearance; odd

To cringe in fear


5. Alliteration

To cringe in fear

An elevated, comparatively level expanse of land; a tableland.

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

Having no specific pattern, purpose, or objective.


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