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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 

NONSENSICAL

DEFINITION:
Conceived or made without regard for reason or reality; foolish, senseless, fatuous, or absurd.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Willmeng is suing the 546-bed hospital to get his job back, saying his actions were compelled by personal safety, and the policy behind his May 8 firing was nonsensical.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, 08/10/2020

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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. Kinetic

Of the same or similar nature or kind

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

Of, relating to, or produced by motion.

The use of words to express something different from and often opposite to their literal meaning.


2. Deciduous

Falling off or shed at a specific season or stage of growth:

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

A person unduly fearful or contemptuous of that which is foreign, especially of strangers or foreign peoples.

To impress (something) upon the mind of another by frequent instruction or repetition; instill.


3. Quasar

A person unduly fearful or contemptuous of that which is foreign, especially of strangers or foreign peoples.

To impress (something) upon the mind of another by frequent instruction or repetition; instill.

Either of two points on the celestial sphere at which the ecliptic intersects the celestial equator.

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


4. Chromosome

To insert or introduce between other elements or parts.

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

Architectural.

To increase the positive charge or valence of (an element) by removing electrons.


5. Kowtow

Noninterference in the affairs of others.

To show servile deference.

Everyday; commonplace.

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


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