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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 

DISTINCTION

DEFINITION:
A difference or contrast between similar things or people.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Here’s one more dubious distinction for San Jose and San Francisco: The two metro areas are the runaway national leaders in the amount of household income needed to buy a house.
The San Jose Mercury News, 11/27/2017

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. To divide (a geographic area) into voting districts so as to give unfair advantage to one party in elections.

Gerrymander

Temblor

Unctuous

Belie


2. To show servile deference.

Quasar

Kowtow

Reciprocal

Incognito


3. Cheerfully confident; optimistic.

Xenophobe

Gauche

Sanguine

Diffident


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

Nihilism

Nomenclature

Suffragist

Omnipotent


5. Vanishing or likely to vanish like vapor.

Vehement

Evanescent

Deleterious

Homogeneous


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