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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 phrase important to comprehension or expression. Students are then asked to find the words within the newspaper and copy the sentence for context to its overall meaning or function in a sentence.
This Week's Word In The News 


Marked by a sharp division, as of a population or group, into opposing factions.

Well, maybe not quite that many, but the numbers have been trending upward in recent years as legislators and large blocs of voters are struggling to find their place in an increasingly polarized political environment.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, 11/23/2020

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. Deciduous

To show servile deference.

Having unlimited or universal power, authority, or force; all-powerful.

The lowest point

Falling off or shed at a specific season or stage of growth:

2. Gamete

A doctrine holding that all values are baseless and that nothing can be known or communicated.

The process in cell division by which the nucleus divides.

A reproductive cell having the haploid number of chromosomes, especially a mature sperm or egg capable of fusing with a gamete of the opposite sex to produce the fertilized egg.

Noninterference in the affairs of others.

3. Equinox

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

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

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.

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

4. Reparation

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

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

The act or process of inhaling and exhaling; breathing.

Something done or paid to compensate or make amends.

5. Moiety

Not interesting; dull:

A part, portion, or share.

The use of words to express something different from and often opposite to their literal meaning.

To weaken or destroy the strength or vitality of.

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