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 

GRUESOME

DEFINITION:
Causing great horror; horribly repugnant; grisly.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
The coordinated strike marked the second time in a year that Trump has used force against Assad, who U.S. officials believe has continued to test the West’s willingness to accept gruesome chemical attacks.
The Denver Post, 04/16/2018

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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. Detritus

An extremely distant, and thus old, celestial object whose power output is several thousand times that of our entire galaxy.

Quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgment or insight.

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

To renounce under oath; forswear.


2. Nanotechnology

Warlike in manner or temperament; pugnacious.

A dramatic or literary form of discourse in which a character talks to himself or herself or reveals his or her thoughts without addressing a listener.

Lacking or marked by a lack of self-confidence; shy and timid.

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


3. Photosynthesis

To weaken or destroy the strength or vitality of.

Not limited to or associated with a particular religious denomination.

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.

Of or relating to money


4. Chromosome

The process in cell division by which the nucleus divides.

Everyday; commonplace.

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

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


5. Plasma

Deception by trickery or sophistry.

A sudden manifestation of the essence or meaning of something.

To bring under control; conquer.

The clear, yellowish fluid portion of blood, lymph, or intramuscular fluid in which cells are suspended.


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