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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 


To swallow up in or as in a gulf; overwhelm.

A man was killed after his speeding Tesla crashed and became engulfed in flames at the intersection of West Las Positas Boulevard and Hacienda Drive in Pleasanton, police say.
The San Francisco Chronicle, 01/20/2020

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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. Respiration

Clear to the understanding.

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

The act or process of inhaling and exhaling; breathing.

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

2. Bellicose

To show servile deference.

A system of names used in an art or science:

Warlike in manner or temperament; pugnacious.

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

3. Chromosome

Cheerfully confident; optimistic.

Vacuously, smugly, and unconsciously foolish.

A circular strand of DNA in bacteria that contains the hereditary information necessary for cell life.

Impossible to dispute; unquestionable

4. Nihilism

Lacking serious purpose or occupation; idle.

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

The use of unnecessarily wordy and indirect language.

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

5. Impeach

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

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

To make an accusation against.

Logical incongruity

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