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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 

GIG

DEFINITION:
A job usually for a specified time.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
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

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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. Parabola

A temple tower of the ancient Assyrians and Babylonians, having the form of a terraced pyramid of successively receding stories.

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

Of or relating to a holding of something in trust for another.

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


2. Jejune

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

To show servile deference.

Having a harmful effect; injurious.

Not interesting; dull:


3. Inculcate

Attended by favorable circumstances; propitious.

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.

The process in cell division by which the nucleus divides.


4. Evanescent

An underlying base or foundation especially for an organization or system.

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

Vanishing or likely to vanish like vapor.

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


5. Abrogate

To abolish, do away with, or annul, especially by authority.

Tumultuous; stormy.

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

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


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