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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 

AGITATE

DEFINITION:
To upset; disturb. To stir up public interest in a cause.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
He also attends California State University, Stanislaus, in nearby Turlock, where students say he’s agitated on racial issues.
The San Jose Mercury News, 08/21/2017

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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. Acumen

Physics that deals with the relationships and conversions between heat and other forms of energy.

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

Quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgment or insight.

A stock of terms used in a particular profession, subject, or style; a vocabulary:


2. Quasar

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

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

A doctrine holding that all values are baseless and that nothing can be known or communicated.

The process in cell division by which the nucleus divides.


3. Incontrovertible

A doctrine holding that all values are baseless and that nothing can be known or communicated.

The process in cell division by which the nucleus divides.

To renounce under oath; forswear.

Impossible to dispute; unquestionable


4. Interpolate

Attended by favorable circumstances; propitious.

To insert or introduce between other elements or parts.

To divide (a geographic area) into voting districts so as to give unfair advantage to one party in elections.

Clear to the understanding.


5. Moiety

Clear to the understanding.

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

A form of government in which the political authority exercises absolute and centralized control over all aspects of life,

A part, portion, or share.


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