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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 

DISTINCTION

DEFINITION:
A difference or contrast between similar things or people.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Here’s one more dubious distinction for San Jose and San Francisco: The two metro areas are the runaway national leaders in the amount of household income needed to buy a house.
The San Jose Mercury News, 11/27/2017

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. Paradigm

The use of unnecessarily wordy and indirect language.

To separate or get rid of (an undesirable part); eliminate.

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

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.


2. Bowdlerize

Everyday; commonplace.

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

The side of a right triangle opposite the right angle.

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


3. Hegemony

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

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

An advocate of the extension of political voting rights, especially to women.

Feeling or showing haughty disdain.


4. Usurp

To show servile deference.

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

Warlike in manner or temperament; pugnacious.

Impossible to dispute; unquestionable


5. Vortex

A place or situation regarded as drawing into its center all that surrounds it.

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

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

Something done or paid to compensate or make amends.


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