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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 


To try to overcome or engage in a struggle.

It’s been nearly one month since the catastrophic Coyote Creek flooding, but the repairs have just begun for most residents, who are left to grapple with mounting repair bills, unstable housing situations, severe health risks and an overwhelming resentment toward city and Santa Clara Valley Water District officials they felt could’ve done more.
The San Jose Mercury News, 03/20/2017

Words in the News Quiz
5 High 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. Mitosis

Any of numerous natural and synthetic compounds consisting of up to millions of repeated linked units,

Having one’s true identity concealed.

The process in cell division by which the nucleus divides.

To increase the positive charge or valence of (an element) by removing electrons.

2. Impeach

A product of disintegration, destruction, or wearing away; debris.

Of or relating to a holding of something in trust for another.

To make an accusation against.

A person unduly fearful or contemptuous of that which is foreign, especially of strangers or foreign peoples.

3. Thermodynamics

The side of a right triangle opposite the right angle.

Physics that deals with the relationships and conversions between heat and other forms of energy.

A doctrine holding that all values are baseless and that nothing can be known or communicated.

Everyday; commonplace.

4. Abstemious

Lacking or marked by a lack of self-confidence; shy and timid.

An underlying base or foundation especially for an organization or system.

Eating and drinking in moderation.

Noninterference in the affairs of others.

5. Acumen

The process in green plants and certain other organisms by which carbohydrates are synthesized from carbon dioxide and water using light as an energy source.

Quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgment or insight.

The art or study of correct spelling according to established usage.

Characterized by forcefulness of expression or intensity of emotion or conviction; fervid.

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