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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 

RESERVOIR

DEFINITION:
A natural or artificial place where water is collected and stored for use, especially water for supplying a community, irrigating land, furnishing power, etc.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
The Colorado River is so strained amid population growth and a climate shift to hotter, drier conditions that federal water managers may declare an unprecedented “shortage” and cut releases from reservoirs.
The Denver Post, 08/20/2018

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

Usurp

Chromosome

Omnipotent

Parabola


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

Precipitous

Temblor

Gerrymander

Epiphany


3. Lacking serious purpose or occupation; idle.

Circumnavigate

Lexicon

Vacuous

Expurgate


4. Something done or paid to compensate or make amends.

Antebellum

Infrastructure

Lucid

Reparation


5. Lacking or marked by a lack of self-confidence; shy and timid.

Bellicose

Homogeneous

Notarize

Diffident


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