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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 


A small, scattered amount or number.

A smattering remain, but he still counts his shop among a handful left in the Bay Area.
The San Jose Mercury News, 06/27/2016

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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

The side of a right triangle opposite the right angle.

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

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

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

2. Lexicon

A marked change in appearance, character, condition, or function.

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

A stock of terms used in a particular profession, subject, or style; a vocabulary:

A circular strand of DNA in bacteria that contains the hereditary information necessary for cell life.

3. Hubris

The use of words to express something different from and often opposite to their literal meaning.

Overbearing pride or presumption; arrogance.

To insert or introduce between other elements or parts.

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.

4. Yeoman

The process in cell division by which the nucleus divides.

A diligent, dependable worker.

Everyday; commonplace.

A set of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices that constitutes a way of viewing reality

5. Hemoglobin

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

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

Not interesting; dull:

Deception by trickery or sophistry.

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