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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 try to overcome or engage in a struggle.

It’s been nearly one month since the catastrophic Coyote Creek flooding, but the repairs have just begun for most residents, who are left to grapple with mounting repair bills, unstable housing situations, severe health risks and an overwhelming resentment toward city and Santa Clara Valley Water District officials they felt could’ve done more.
The San Jose Mercury News, 03/20/2017

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. Gamete

Impossible to dispute; unquestionable

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

A sudden manifestation of the essence or meaning of something.

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.

2. Winnow

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

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

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

Of or relating to a holding of something in trust for another.

3. Mitosis

The process in cell division by which the nucleus divides.

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

A diligent, dependable worker.

A factor that determines a range of variations; a boundary

4. Enervate

Not limited to or associated with a particular religious denomination.

To weaken or destroy the strength or vitality of.

Quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgment or insight.

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

5. Vehement

Characterized by forcefulness of expression or intensity of emotion or conviction; fervid.

The lowest point

Having a harmful effect; injurious.

To proceed completely around:

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