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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 

PROGRESSIVE

DEFINITION:
Promoting political or social reform usually through government action to improve the lot of the majority.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
He also offered a thinly veiled suggestion that progressive priorities Warren and Sanders have pushed will struggle to gain appeal beyond a Democratic primary.
The Boston Globe, 11/18/2019

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. Bellicose

Warlike in manner or temperament; pugnacious.

Feeling or showing haughty disdain.

To certify or attest to (the validity of a signature on a document, for example) as a notary public.

A system of names used in an art or science:


2. Gerrymander

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

Noninterference in the affairs of others.

To picture falsely; misrepresent.

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


3. Plasma

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

Playfully jocular; humorous

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

Deception by trickery or sophistry.


4. Tautology

Having a bad disposition; surly.

The lowest point

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

Lacking serious purpose or occupation; idle.


5. Gamete

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.

Not limited to or associated with a particular religious denomination.

A diligent, dependable worker.

Quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgment or insight.


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