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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 


Marked by an aristocratic or high-toned manner or style.

The mudslides ravaged the tony community, destroying at least 65 homes and damaging more than 460 others, officials said.
The San Jose Mercury News, 01/15/2018

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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. Gamete

Quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgment or insight.

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.

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

The lowest point

2. Omnipotent

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

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

Overbearing pride or presumption; arrogance.

Lacking social polish; tactless.

3. Obsequious

To bring under control; conquer.

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

Full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning.

Tumultuous; stormy.

4. Lexicon

Playfully jocular; humorous

A stock of terms used in a particular profession, subject, or style; a vocabulary:

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

The basic unit of currency among participating European Union countries.

5. Quasar

An extremely distant, and thus old, celestial object whose power output is several thousand times that of our entire galaxy.

A diligent, dependable worker.

To increase the positive charge or valence of (an element) by removing electrons.

Everyday; commonplace.

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