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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 lay or place (something) on or over something else.

Harris praised the Clinton campaign's use of Snapchat, a youth-oriented social media platform that campaign staffers have used to troll Republican critics -- in one case using the app's face-swapping feature to superimpose on Trump the face of Ronald Reagan, who as California governor legalized abortion, as Trump declared that women should be punished for getting abortions.
The San Jose Mercury News, 08/22/2016

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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. Bellicose

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

Lacking serious purpose or occupation; idle.

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

Warlike in manner or temperament; pugnacious.

2. Parabola

An extremely distant, and thus old, celestial object whose power output is several thousand times that of our entire galaxy.

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

A plane curve formed by the intersection of a right circular cone and a plane parallel to an element of the cone.

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

3. Euro


The basic unit of currency among participating European Union countries.

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

Full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning.

4. Hemoglobin

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

The lowest point

To picture falsely; misrepresent.

The process in cell division by which the nucleus divides.

5. Yeoman

The process in cell division by which the nucleus divides.

Of, relating to, or produced by motion.

A diligent, dependable worker.

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

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