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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 

ANTHROPOMORPHIC

DEFINITION:
Ascribing human form or attributes to a being or thing not human.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Where critics adored the anthropomorphic singing cartoons of the original, they felt the nature documentary look drove a wedge between viewers and the beloved characters.
The San Francisco Chronicle, 07/15/2019

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. Xenophobe

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

To remove erroneous, vulgar, obscene, or otherwise objectionable material from (a book, for example) before publication.

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

Quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgment or insight.


2. Soliloquy

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.

Full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning.

The use of unnecessarily wordy and indirect language.

Interchanged, given, or owed to each other.


3. Parabola

A part, portion, or share.

A plane curve formed by the intersection of a right circular cone and a plane parallel to an element of the cone.

Vanishing or likely to vanish like vapor.

Lacking serious purpose or occupation; idle.


4. Gerrymander

Lacking serious purpose or occupation; idle.

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

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

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


5. Equinox

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

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

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

The act or process of inhaling and exhaling; breathing.


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