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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 

RESERVOIR

DEFINITION:
A natural or artificial place where water is collected and stored for use, especially water for supplying a community, irrigating land, furnishing power, etc.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
The Colorado River is so strained amid population growth and a climate shift to hotter, drier conditions that federal water managers may declare an unprecedented “shortage” and cut releases from reservoirs.
The Denver Post, 08/20/2018

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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. Taxonomy

Characterized by affected, exaggerated, or insincere earnestness.

Division into ordered groups or categories.

A system of names used in an art or science:

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


2. Thermodynamics

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

Interchanged, given, or owed to each other.

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

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


3. Moiety

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

A part, portion, or share.

Tumultuous; stormy.

A factor that determines a range of variations; a boundary


4. Deciduous

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

To separate or get rid of (an undesirable part); eliminate.

Something done or paid to compensate or make amends.

To weaken or destroy the strength or vitality of.


5. Metamorphosis

To weaken or destroy the strength or vitality of.

To abolish, do away with, or annul, especially by authority.

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

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


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