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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 


Possible to treat; responsive to treatment: a treatable disorder.

She likened current attitudes toward mental illness to the 1980s attitude toward AIDS, even though diseases of the brain are generally as treatable today as diseases elsewhere in the body.
The Denver Post, 05/02/2016

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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. Notarize

To certify or attest to (the validity of a signature on a document, for example) as a notary public.

Something done or paid to compensate or make amends.

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

Warlike in manner or temperament; pugnacious.

2. Interpolate

A reproductive cell having the haploid number of chromosomes, especially a mature sperm or egg capable of fusing with a gamete of the opposite sex to produce the fertilized egg.

To insert or introduce between other elements or parts.

The process in cell division by which the nucleus divides.

Clear to the understanding.

3. Evanescent

Clear to the understanding.

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

To make an accusation against.

Vanishing or likely to vanish like vapor.

4. Gerrymander

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

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

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

Interchanged, given, or owed to each other.

5. Nihilism

Shaking and vibration at the surface of the earth resulting from underground movement along a fault plane.

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

Impossible to dispute; unquestionable

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

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