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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 

DEVASTATING

DEFINITION:
Tending or threatening to lay to waste or overwhelm.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
The Secret Service on Thursday published a national school safety guide that urged districts to take major steps in the wake of continuing school shootings, like February’s devastating attack that killed 17 in Parkland, Fla.
The Dayton Daily News, 07/16/2018

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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. Belie

The use of obstructionist tactics, especially prolonged speechmaking, for the purpose of delaying legislative action.

Put together; created.

To picture falsely; misrepresent.

The process in green plants and certain other organisms by which carbohydrates are synthesized from carbon dioxide and water using light as an energy source.


2. Expurgate

To make an accusation against.

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

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

To show servile deference.


3. Acumen

Quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgment or insight.

Physics that deals with the relationships and conversions between heat and other forms of energy.

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

Very talkative; garrulous.


4. Laissez faire

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

Very talkative; garrulous.

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

Noninterference in the affairs of others.


5. Unctuous

Playfully jocular; humorous

Characterized by affected, exaggerated, or insincere earnestness.

Of or relating to money

Needless repetition of the same sense in different words; redundancy.


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