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Words in the News

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 

SEDIMENT

DEFINITION:
Material that settles to the bottom of a liquid. Solid fragments of inorganic or organic material that come from the weathering of rock and are carried and deposited by wind, water, or ice.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
sediments, riverbanks and floodplains from Kalamazoo to Lake Michigan are contaminated with toxic waste from paper mills that once dotted the river from Kalamazoo to Otsego.
The Detroit News, 05/01/2017

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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. To divide (a geographic area) into voting districts so as to give unfair advantage to one party in elections.

Gerrymander

Oligarchy

Paradigm

Deleterious


2. The use of obstructionist tactics, especially prolonged speechmaking, for the purpose of delaying legislative action.

Paradigm

Deleterious

Plasma

Filibuster


3. The side of a right triangle opposite the right angle.

Hypotenuse

Totalitarian

Contradiction

Interpolate


4. Mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially to an exaggerated or ludicrous degree.

Impeach

Lugubrious

Polymer

Winnow


5. To endow with the rights of citizenship, especially the right to vote.

Sanguine

Enfranchise

Taxonomy

Abrogate


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