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.
This Week's Word In The News 

PLANTATION

DEFINITION:
A usually large farm or estate, especially in a tropical or semitropical country, on which cotton, tobacco, coffee, sugar cane, or the like is cultivated, usually by resident laborers.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Frederick D. Haynes III, the senior pastor of Friendship-West Baptist Church, held a news conference outside of the Dallas police headquarters last month to accuse Jones of "plantation politics."
The Dallas Morning News, 11/20/2017

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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. Impeach

A part, portion, or share.

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

Tumultuous; stormy.

To make an accusation against.


2. Bellicose

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

A system of names used in an art or science:

Warlike in manner or temperament; pugnacious.

Having unlimited or universal power, authority, or force; all-powerful.


3. Gamete

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.

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

A doctrine holding that all values are baseless and that nothing can be known or communicated.

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


4. Expurgate

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

Vacuously, smugly, and unconsciously foolish.

To remove erroneous, vulgar, obscene, or otherwise objectionable material from (a book, for example) before publication.

Having one’s true identity concealed.


5. Epiphany

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

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

A sudden manifestation of the essence or meaning of something.

Interchanged, given, or owed to each other.


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