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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 

DISTINCTION

DEFINITION:
A difference or contrast between similar things or people.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Here’s one more dubious distinction for San Jose and San Francisco: The two metro areas are the runaway national leaders in the amount of household income needed to buy a house.
The San Jose Mercury News, 11/27/2017

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. Vortex

A place or situation regarded as drawing into its center all that surrounds it.

Vacuously, smugly, and unconsciously foolish.

To remove erroneous, vulgar, obscene, or otherwise objectionable material from (a book, for example) before publication.

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


2. Enfranchise

To endow with the rights of citizenship, especially the right to vote.

The art or study of correct spelling according to established usage.

Having one’s true identity concealed.

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.


3. Nihilism

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.

Vanishing or likely to vanish like vapor.

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

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


4. Mitosis

The process in cell division by which the nucleus divides.

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

Characterized by affected, exaggerated, or insincere earnestness.

Having a bad disposition; surly.


5. Parabola

Characterized by affected, exaggerated, or insincere earnestness.

Having a bad disposition; surly.

To proceed completely around:

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


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