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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 

AGITATE

DEFINITION:
To upset; disturb. To stir up public interest in a cause.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
He also attends California State University, Stanislaus, in nearby Turlock, where students say he’s agitated on racial issues.
The San Jose Mercury News, 08/21/2017

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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. Totalitarian

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

Interchanged, given, or owed to each other.

A form of government in which the political authority exercises absolute and centralized control over all aspects of life,

Mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially to an exaggerated or ludicrous degree.


2. Auspicious

A set of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices that constitutes a way of viewing reality

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

The predominant influence, as of a state, region, or group, over another or others.

Attended by favorable circumstances; propitious.


3. Filibuster

The use of obstructionist tactics, especially prolonged speechmaking, for the purpose of delaying legislative action.

The lowest point

A person unduly fearful or contemptuous of that which is foreign, especially of strangers or foreign peoples.

Belonging to the period before a war, especially the American Civil War.


4. Abstemious

A person unduly fearful or contemptuous of that which is foreign, especially of strangers or foreign peoples.

Belonging to the period before a war, especially the American Civil War.

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

Eating and drinking in moderation.


5. Homogeneous

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

Architectural.

Full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning.

Of the same or similar nature or kind


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