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 

CLARITY

DEFINITION:
The quality of being clear and easy to understand.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said he’s seen little clarity on basic questions: whether there would still be a police department and if so, whether Medaria Arradondo, the city’s first black chief, would continue to lead it.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, 06/29/2020

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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. Filibuster

Having a harmful effect; injurious.

To renounce under oath; forswear.

Government by a few, especially by a small faction of persons or families.

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


2. Infrastructure

Attended by favorable circumstances; propitious.

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

Put together; created.

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


3. Precipitous

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

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

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

Extremely rapid, hasty, or abrupt; precipitate.


4. Parameter

To seize another’s place, authority, or possession wrongfully.

The lowest point

A factor that determines a range of variations; a boundary

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


5. Thermodynamics

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

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,

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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