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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. Photosynthesis

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.

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

Clear to the understanding.

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


2. Oxidize

To bring under control; conquer.

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

Everyday; commonplace.

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


3. Taxonomy

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.

Division into ordered groups or categories.

Architectural.

Having a harmful effect; injurious.


4. Contradiction

Logical incongruity

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

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

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


5. Filibuster

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

To make an accusation against.

Of or relating to money

Impossible to dispute; unquestionable


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This Week's Word In The News 

PALLIATIVE

DEFINITION:
Relieving or soothing the symptoms of a disease or disorder without effecting a cure.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
He is receiving palliative care, and doctors have told the former mayor the next step is hospice care.
The Boston Globe, 10/27/2014