Yak’s Corner
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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.
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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. A marked change in appearance, character, condition, or function.

Omnipotent

Metamorphosis

Detritus

Infrastructure


2. A form of government in which the political authority exercises absolute and centralized control over all aspects of life,

Gauche

Totalitarian

Interpolate

Contradiction


3. An advocate of the extension of political voting rights, especially to women.

Soliloquy

Suffragist

Bowdlerize

Yeoman


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

Yeoman

Parabola

Usurp

Thermodynamics


5. Falling off or shed at a specific season or stage of growth:

Deciduous

Mitosis

Gerrymander

Diffident


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This Week's Word In The News 

DYSFUNCTIONAL 

DEFINITION:
Abnormal or impaired functioning, especially of a bodily system or social group.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Here’s the genesis of gridlock and dysfunctional government: A trio of Republican candidates for the state House has delivered a manifesto demanding no compromise or consensus building with Democrats in the next term.
The Detroit News, 09/29/2014