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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 

ESSENTIAL

DEFINITION:
Necessary. Very important; of high importance.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
What exactly is an “essential” store that can stay open over the next two weeks during Minnesota’s stay-at-home order?
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, 03/30/2020

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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. Gauche

Lacking social polish; tactless.

A part, portion, or share.

Having unlimited or universal power, authority, or force; all-powerful.

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


2. Thermodynamics

Having unlimited or universal power, authority, or force; all-powerful.

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

Everyday; commonplace.

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


3. Churlish

Division into ordered groups or categories.

Having a bad disposition; surly.

Playfully jocular; humorous

To endow with the rights of citizenship, especially the right to vote.


4. Vehement

Logical incongruity

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

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

Eating and drinking in moderation.


5. Expurgate

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

Having one’s true identity concealed.

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

To show servile deference.


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