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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. Churlish

Not limited to or associated with a particular religious denomination.

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

Having a bad disposition; surly.

The process in cell division by which the nucleus divides.


2. Usurp

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

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

To repeat in concise form. To make a summary.

To seize another’s place, authority, or possession wrongfully.


3. Taxonomy

To picture falsely; misrepresent.

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

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

Division into ordered groups or categories.


4. Enfranchise

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

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

Belonging to the period before a war, especially the American Civil War.

To endow with the rights of citizenship, especially the right to vote.


5. Respiration

Either of two points on the celestial sphere at which the ecliptic intersects the celestial equator.

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

To show servile deference.

The act or process of inhaling and exhaling; breathing.


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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