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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 

DESCRIPTION

DEFINITION:
A statement or an account describing something.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Documents released Tuesday also revealed that Yanez couldn’t provide investigators with a detailed description of the driver of the car he pursued, thinking he resembled a suspect in a recent robbery.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, 06/26/2017

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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. Detritus

Everyday; commonplace.

A product of disintegration, destruction, or wearing away; debris.

Warlike in manner or temperament; pugnacious.

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


2. Polymer

Any of numerous natural and synthetic compounds consisting of up to millions of repeated linked units,

Full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning.

Something done or paid to compensate or make amends.

Extremely rapid, hasty, or abrupt; precipitate.


3. Tautology

Something done or paid to compensate or make amends.

Extremely rapid, hasty, or abrupt; precipitate.

The side of a right triangle opposite the right angle.

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


4. Ziggurat

A temple tower of the ancient Assyrians and Babylonians, having the form of a terraced pyramid of successively receding stories.

Vanishing or likely to vanish like vapor.

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

The iron-containing respiratory pigment in red blood cells of vertebrates.


5. Nadir

The iron-containing respiratory pigment in red blood cells of vertebrates.

Playfully jocular; humorous

The lowest point

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.


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