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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 


To rise rapidly and suddenly.

The Bay Area’s wages are getting higher, far outpacing most of the country, but more residents are finding their paychecks can’t keep up with the region’s skyrocketing cost of living.
The San Jose Mercury News, 09/26/2016

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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. Xenophobe

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

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

Very talkative; garrulous.

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

2. Churlish

The side of a right triangle opposite the right angle.

Tumultuous; stormy.

Having a bad disposition; surly.

To bring under control; conquer.

3. Oxidize

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

To remove erroneous, vulgar, obscene, or otherwise objectionable material from (a book, for example) before publication.

Full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning.

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

4. Totalitarian

To show servile deference.

A temple tower of the ancient Assyrians and Babylonians, having the form of a terraced pyramid of successively receding stories.

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

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

5. Gerrymander

Feeling or showing haughty disdain.

The use of unnecessarily wordy and indirect language.

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

To seize another’s place, authority, or possession wrongfully.

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