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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 


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

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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. Vehement

Interchanged, given, or owed to each other.

A set of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices that constitutes a way of viewing reality

Noninterference in the affairs of others.

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

2. Antebellum

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

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.

Belonging to the period before a war, especially the American Civil War.

A sudden manifestation of the essence or meaning of something.

3. Circumlocution

Extremely rapid, hasty, or abrupt; precipitate.

The use of unnecessarily wordy and indirect language.

Any of numerous natural and synthetic compounds consisting of up to millions of repeated linked units,

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

4. Usurp

Eating and drinking in moderation.

To seize another’s place, authority, or possession wrongfully.

A part, portion, or share.

To bring under control; conquer.

5. Obsequious

To bring under control; conquer.

Feeling or showing haughty disdain.

Cheerfully confident; optimistic.

Full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning.

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