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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 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 


A job usually for a specified time.

Row is part of the “gig-economy” of independent workers in Colorado — a growing number of whom use phone apps such as Uber, Lyft and Airbnb to connect directly with customers and allow more flexibility than traditional work.
The Denver Post, 08/14/2017

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. Gauche

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

Characterized by forcefulness of expression or intensity of emotion or conviction; fervid.

Lacking social polish; tactless.

A reproductive cell having the haploid number of chromosomes, especially a mature sperm or egg capable of fusing with a gamete of the opposite sex to produce the fertilized egg.

2. Wrought

Lacking purpose or vitality; feeble or ineffective.

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

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

Put together; created.

3. Totalitarian

Full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning.

To bring under control; conquer.

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

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

4. Contradiction

Of, relating to, or produced by motion.

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

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

Logical incongruity

5. Taxonomy

A sudden manifestation of the essence or meaning of something.

To renounce under oath; forswear.

Of the same or similar nature or kind

Division into ordered groups or categories.

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