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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 


A statement or an account describing something.

Documents released Tuesday also revealed that Yanez couldn’t provide investigators with a detailed description of the driver of the car he pursued, thinking he resembled a suspect in a recent robbery.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, 06/26/2017

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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. Plasma

The process in cell division by which the nucleus divides.

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

Put together; created.

Tumultuous; stormy.

2. Filibuster

Tumultuous; stormy.

An extremely distant, and thus old, celestial object whose power output is several thousand times that of our entire galaxy.

Warlike in manner or temperament; pugnacious.

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

3. Nomenclature

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

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

Feeling or showing haughty disdain.

A system of names used in an art or science:

4. Gerrymander

An advocate of the extension of political voting rights, especially to women.

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

Very talkative; garrulous.

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

5. Reciprocal

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

Everyday; commonplace.

Interchanged, given, or owed to each other.

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

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