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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 

PERCUSSIVE

DEFINITION:
Characterized by percussion; caused by or related to the action of striking or pounding something.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Enter the huge building that houses the Excavation Engineering and Earth Mechanics Institute at the Colorado School of Mines, walk past the massive tunnel-boring machine, rotary and percussive drills, and you’ll get a glimpse of the new frontier of development — space resources.
The Denver Post, 03/18/2019

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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. Nadir

Of or relating to a holding of something in trust for another.

The lowest point

The iron-containing respiratory pigment in red blood cells of vertebrates.

To bring under control; conquer.


2. Plasma

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.

The clear, yellowish fluid portion of blood, lymph, or intramuscular fluid in which cells are suspended.

Tumultuous; stormy.

To proceed completely around:


3. Parabola

To proceed completely around:

Quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgment or insight.

The process in cell division by which the nucleus divides.

A plane curve formed by the intersection of a right circular cone and a plane parallel to an element of the cone.


4. Oligarchy

Government by a few, especially by a small faction of persons or families.

Vacuously, smugly, and unconsciously foolish.

Any of numerous natural and synthetic compounds consisting of up to millions of repeated linked units,

An advocate of the extension of political voting rights, especially to women.


5. Quotidian

Everyday; commonplace.

To impress (something) upon the mind of another by frequent instruction or repetition; instill.

Impossible to dispute; unquestionable

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


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