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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 phrase important to comprehension or expression. Students are then asked to find the words within the newspaper and copy the sentence for context to its overall meaning or function in a sentence.
This Week's Word In The News 


A condition of harmony; the quality or state of being made one

I know speaking of unity can sound to some like a foolish fantasy these days.
The San Jose Mercury News, 01/25/2021

Words in the News Quiz
5 High School Words

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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. Oxidize

The act or process of inhaling and exhaling; breathing.

To make an accusation against.

To increase the positive charge or valence of (an element) by removing electrons.

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

2. Lexicon

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

Put together; created.

The use of words to express something different from and often opposite to their literal meaning.

A stock of terms used in a particular profession, subject, or style; a vocabulary:

3. Acumen

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

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

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

Quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgment or insight.

4. Thermodynamics

The lowest point

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

To picture falsely; misrepresent.

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

5. Orthography

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

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 art or study of correct spelling according to established usage.

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

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