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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 

MOLDY

DEFINITION:
Overgrown or filled with mold; mildewed; musty; fusty; decaying; stale.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
He did not specify the problems he saw, but other school officials said moldy classrooms, dirty walls and poorly functioning doors and windows were key concerns on the campus.
The Palm Beach Post, 06/24/2019

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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. Feckless

A reproductive cell having the haploid number of chromosomes, especially a mature sperm or egg capable of fusing with a gamete of the opposite sex to produce the fertilized egg.

Lacking purpose or vitality; feeble or ineffective.

Division into ordered groups or categories.

Having one’s true identity concealed.


2. Circumlocution

To picture falsely; misrepresent.

The use of unnecessarily wordy and indirect language.

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

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


3. Jejune

Not interesting; dull:

Clear to the understanding.

The art or study of correct spelling according to established usage.

Characterized by forcefulness of expression or intensity of emotion or conviction; fervid.


4. Plasma

Characterized by forcefulness of expression or intensity of emotion or conviction; fervid.

A temple tower of the ancient Assyrians and Babylonians, having the form of a terraced pyramid of successively receding stories.

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

A marked change in appearance, character, condition, or function.


5. Nomenclature

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.

Logical incongruity

Noninterference in the affairs of others.


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