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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 

JIHAD

DEFINITION:
An Arabic word meaning striving or struggling. In Islam, it is “striving in the path of God.” It is often used to refer to a "holy war" or a vigorous campaign against perceived foes.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Top leaders of the Illinois Republican Party launched an effort at damage control Sunday after a social media post echoed President Donald Trump’s criticism of four Democratic congresswoman and went further, referring to them in a movie-type poster of being a “jihad squad” and contending they believe any criticism is racist.
The Chicago Tribune, 07/22/2019

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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. Antebellum

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

Vanishing or likely to vanish like vapor.

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

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


2. Ziggurat

To modify, as by shortening or simplifying or by skewing the content in a certain manner.

To show servile deference.

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

To proceed completely around:


3. Vacuous

Having a bad disposition; surly.

Lacking serious purpose or occupation; idle.

To picture falsely; misrepresent.

Of or relating to money


4. Abstemious

The act or process of inhaling and exhaling; breathing.

Eating and drinking in moderation.

The predominant influence, as of a state, region, or group, over another or others.

To seize another’s place, authority, or possession wrongfully.


5. Obsequious

To seize another’s place, authority, or possession wrongfully.

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.

Cheerfully confident; optimistic.

Full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning.


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