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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 

CHAPARRAL

DEFINITION:
An area covered by a dense growth of mostly small-leaved evergreen shrubs.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
The fire, burning mostly through timber, heavy logging slash and chaparral, was first reported on July 8.
The Denver Post, 07/18/2016

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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. Gerrymander

The clear, yellowish fluid portion of blood, lymph, or intramuscular fluid in which cells are suspended.

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

The science and technology of building electronic circuits and devices from single atoms and molecules.

Division into ordered groups or categories.


2. Lugubrious

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

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

To renounce under oath; forswear.

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


3. Kinetic

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

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

Feeling or showing haughty disdain.

Of, relating to, or produced by motion.


4. Hemoglobin

A part, portion, or share.

The iron-containing respiratory pigment in red blood cells of vertebrates.

A factor that determines a range of variations; a boundary

Lacking purpose or vitality; feeble or ineffective.


5. Vehement

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

Impossible to dispute; unquestionable

Architectural.

Quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgment or insight.


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