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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.
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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. Totalitarian

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

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

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

A dramatic or literary form of discourse in which a character talks to himself or herself or reveals his or her thoughts without addressing a listener.


2. Reparation

Something done or paid to compensate or make amends.

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

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

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


3. Incontrovertible

Impossible to dispute; unquestionable

An underlying base or foundation especially for an organization or system.

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

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


4. Photosynthesis

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

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

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

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.


5. Metamorphosis

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

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

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

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


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This Week's Word In The News 

TRANSPARENCY

DEFINITION:
Characterized by visibility or accessibility of information especially concerning business practices

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Cigna, the health insurance company, offers an Internet-based transparency tool that shows plan members price information on the 200 most common procedures, which make up about 70 percent of the company’s medical claims, said Mark Slitt, a spokesman.
The Miami Herald, 09/15/2014