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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.
This Week's Word In The News 

ANTHROPOMORPHIC

DEFINITION:
Ascribing human form or attributes to a being or thing not human.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Where critics adored the anthropomorphic singing cartoons of the original, they felt the nature documentary look drove a wedge between viewers and the beloved characters.
The San Francisco Chronicle, 07/15/2019

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

Acumen

Enfranchise

Orthography

Ziggurat


2. To insert or introduce between other elements or parts.

Interpolate

Churlish

Gauche

Gamete


3. Mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially to an exaggerated or ludicrous degree.

Gauche

Gamete

Parameter

Lugubrious


4. To weaken or destroy the strength or vitality of.

Kowtow

Detritus

Thermodynamics

Enervate


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

Vortex

Circumlocution

Filibuster

Antebellum


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