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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 


Lack of ability or capacity. Lack of physical or intellectual ability or qualifications.

Florida ? forever the land of hanging chads, marred by the stain of electoral incompetence ? found itself Saturday embroiled in a recount lollapalooza that recalled the presidential limbo of 18 years ago that made the state a national joke.
The Palm Beach Post, 11/12/2018

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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. Photosynthesis

The act or process of inhaling and exhaling; breathing.

Logical incongruity

A marked change in appearance, character, condition, or function.

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. Xenophobe

A form of government in which the political authority exercises absolute and centralized control over all aspects of life,

Of or relating to money

A person unduly fearful or contemptuous of that which is foreign, especially of strangers or foreign peoples.

Lacking or marked by a lack of self-confidence; shy and timid.

3. Bowdlerize

To picture falsely; misrepresent.

Cheerfully confident; optimistic.

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

To show servile deference.

4. Churlish

Having one’s true identity concealed.

Having a bad disposition; surly.

Put together; created.

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

5. Nanotechnology

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

Not interesting; dull:

Mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially to an exaggerated or ludicrous degree.

The science and technology of building electronic circuits and devices from single atoms and molecules.

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