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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 


Provoking horror; horrible.

“We all watched the horrific death of George Floyd on video as witnesses begged the police officer to take him to the police car and get off his neck,” read the statement from attorney Benjamin Crump, who also represents the families of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, two African-Americans killed in recent high-profile incidents.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, 06/01/2020

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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. Tautology

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.

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.

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

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

2. Abstemious

Logical incongruity

Feeling or showing haughty disdain.

Very talkative; garrulous.

Eating and drinking in moderation.

3. Interpolate

A part, portion, or share.

To insert or introduce between other elements or parts.

The use of unnecessarily wordy and indirect language.

To bring under control; conquer.

4. Gauche

Lacking social polish; tactless.

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

Everyday; commonplace.

Cheerfully confident; optimistic.

5. Paradigm

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

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

To modify, as by shortening or simplifying or by skewing the content in a certain manner.

Lacking purpose or vitality; feeble or ineffective.

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