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Words in the News

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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 

BACKLASH

DEFINITION:
A strong or violent reaction, as to some social or political change.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
The Cook County soda tax backlash and repeal could make it harder for the county, city and Chicago Public Schools to raise taxes or enact new ones, according to one Wall Street debt rating agency.
The Chicago Tribune, 10/23/2017

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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. Auspicious

Attended by favorable circumstances; propitious.

The science and technology of building electronic circuits and devices from single atoms and molecules.

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

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


2. Totalitarian

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

Playfully jocular; humorous

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

Logical incongruity


3. Loquacious

Very talkative; garrulous.

Clear to the understanding.

The use of unnecessarily wordy and indirect language.

Having one’s true identity concealed.


4. Feckless

Lacking purpose or vitality; feeble or ineffective.

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

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

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


5. Expurgate

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

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

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

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


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