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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 

ESSENTIAL

DEFINITION:
Necessary. Very important; of high importance.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
What exactly is an “essential” store that can stay open over the next two weeks during Minnesota’s stay-at-home order?
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, 03/30/2020

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. Tautology

A system of names used in an art or science:

The science and technology of building electronic circuits and devices from single atoms and molecules.

To certify or attest to (the validity of a signature on a document, for example) as a notary public.

Needless repetition of the same sense in different words; redundancy.


2. Subjugate

Vacuously, smugly, and unconsciously foolish.

To bring under control; conquer.

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.

Extremely rapid, hasty, or abrupt; precipitate.


3. Gauche

Lacking social polish; tactless.

Vanishing or likely to vanish like vapor.

A dramatic or literary form of discourse in which a character talks to himself or herself or reveals his or her thoughts without addressing a listener.

Having a bad disposition; surly.


4. Pecuniary

Having a bad disposition; surly.

To repeat in concise form. To make a summary.

Of or relating to money

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


5. Hypotenuse

Cheerfully confident; optimistic.

The side of a right triangle opposite the right angle.

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

A circular strand of DNA in bacteria that contains the hereditary information necessary for cell life.


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