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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 usually large farm or estate, especially in a tropical or semitropical country, on which cotton, tobacco, coffee, sugar cane, or the like is cultivated, usually by resident laborers.

Frederick D. Haynes III, the senior pastor of Friendship-West Baptist Church, held a news conference outside of the Dallas police headquarters last month to accuse Jones of "plantation politics."
The Dallas Morning News, 11/20/2017

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. Vacuous

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

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

To repeat in concise form. To make a summary.

Lacking serious purpose or occupation; idle.

2. Hemoglobin

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

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

Shaking and vibration at the surface of the earth resulting from underground movement along a fault plane.

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

3. Mitosis

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

The process in cell division by which the nucleus divides.

Attended by favorable circumstances; propitious.

Vanishing or likely to vanish like vapor.

4. Hypotenuse

Vanishing or likely to vanish like vapor.

Cheerfully confident; optimistic.

To proceed completely around:

The side of a right triangle opposite the right angle.

5. Incontrovertible

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

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

Impossible to dispute; unquestionable

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

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