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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 


Antibiotics are medicines that treat infections by killing bacteria. Antibiotic resistance is when bacteria get used to an antibiotic and no longer respond to it.

McDonald’s on Tuesday announced steps to reduce the use of antibiotics in its global beef supply, a major commitment from the nation’s largest beef purchaser to address concerns about a rise in drug-resistant infections.
The Chicago Tribune, 12/17/2018

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. Nomenclature

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

To show servile deference.

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

A system of names used in an art or science:

2. Lugubrious

Everyday; commonplace.

Clear to the understanding.

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

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

3. Chromosome

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

The lowest point

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

To renounce under oath; forswear.

4. Vacuous

Lacking serious purpose or occupation; idle.

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

The process in cell division by which the nucleus divides.

A diligent, dependable worker.

5. Respiration

The act or process of inhaling and exhaling; breathing.

Something done or paid to compensate or make amends.

The basic unit of currency among participating European Union countries.

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.

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