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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. Inculcate

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

Needless repetition of the same sense in different words; redundancy.

A place or situation regarded as drawing into its center all that surrounds it.

To impress (something) upon the mind of another by frequent instruction or repetition; instill.

2. Oligarchy

Government by a few, especially by a small faction of persons or families.

The process in cell division by which the nucleus divides.

Of or relating to money

To separate or get rid of (an undesirable part); eliminate.

3. Kinetic

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

Of, relating to, or produced by motion.

Clear to the understanding.

Quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgment or insight.

4. Nanotechnology

Quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgment or insight.

The act or process of inhaling and exhaling; breathing.

To abolish, do away with, or annul, especially by authority.

The science and technology of building electronic circuits and devices from single atoms and molecules.

5. Chromosome

To weaken or destroy the strength or vitality of.

A diligent, dependable worker.

Warlike in manner or temperament; pugnacious.

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

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This Week's Word In The News 


To deposit the eggs of aquatic animals such as bivalve mollusks, fishes, and amphibians. To produce offspring in large numbers.

More than a decade ago, researchers began noticing adult coho dying before spawning in urban creeks in Seattle.
The Denver Post, 11/17/2014