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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 

LOCKDOWN

DEFINITION:
A security measure taken during an emergency to prevent people from leaving or entering a building.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
The lockdown alarm had sounded just before the end of the day and there had been no announcement that there would be a drill.
The Denver Post, 04/22/2019

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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. Chromosome

To insert or introduce between other elements or parts.

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

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.

A circular strand of DNA in bacteria that contains the hereditary information necessary for cell life.


2. Gerrymander

To remove erroneous, vulgar, obscene, or otherwise objectionable material from (a book, for example) before publication.

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

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

Lacking serious purpose or occupation; idle.


3. Incontrovertible

A place or situation regarded as drawing into its center all that surrounds it.

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

Impossible to dispute; unquestionable

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


4. Lucid

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

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

Clear to the understanding.

An underlying base or foundation especially for an organization or system.


5. Hypotenuse

Everyday; commonplace.

Logical incongruity

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

The side of a right triangle opposite the right angle.


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