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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 

DIRE

DEFINITION:
Causing or involving great fear or suffering; dreadful; terrible.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
As insulin prices have soared, some people have been forced to pursue alternatives such as seeking options from other countries, lower-quality products or rationing their supply of insulin, which can have dire consequences.
The Chicago Tribune, 01/27/2020

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. Plasma

To weaken or destroy the strength or vitality of.

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

Impossible to dispute; unquestionable

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


2. Equinox

Attended by favorable circumstances; propitious.

Either of two points on the celestial sphere at which the ecliptic intersects the celestial equator.

Logical incongruity

Vacuously, smugly, and unconsciously foolish.


3. Taxonomy

Division into ordered groups or categories.

Government by a few, especially by a small faction of persons or families.

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.

Having a bad disposition; surly.


4. Euro

Having a bad disposition; surly.

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

The basic unit of currency among participating European Union countries.

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


5. Interpolate

To insert or introduce between other elements or parts.

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

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

A plane curve formed by the intersection of a right circular cone and a plane parallel to an element of the cone.


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