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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 


Characterized by percussion; caused by or related to the action of striking or pounding something.

Enter the huge building that houses the Excavation Engineering and Earth Mechanics Institute at the Colorado School of Mines, walk past the massive tunnel-boring machine, rotary and percussive drills, and you’ll get a glimpse of the new frontier of development — space resources.
The Denver Post, 03/18/2019

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. Kinetic

Characterized by affected, exaggerated, or insincere earnestness.

Not limited to or associated with a particular religious denomination.

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

Of, relating to, or produced by motion.

2. Orthography

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

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

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

Of or relating to a holding of something in trust for another.

3. Reciprocal

Interchanged, given, or owed to each other.

Having a bad disposition; surly.

Warlike in manner or temperament; pugnacious.

The act or process of inhaling and exhaling; breathing.

4. Equinox

The act or process of inhaling and exhaling; breathing.

An underlying base or foundation especially for an organization or system.

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

Playfully jocular; humorous

5. Bowdlerize

A system of names used in an art or science:

To modify, as by shortening or simplifying or by skewing the content in a certain manner.

Quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgment or insight.

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

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