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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 

PERCUSSIVE

DEFINITION:
Characterized by percussion; caused by or related to the action of striking or pounding something.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Enter the huge building that houses the Excavation Engineering and Earth Mechanics Institute at the Colorado School of Mines, walk past the massive tunnel-boring machine, rotary and percussive drills, and you’ll get a glimpse of the new frontier of development — space resources.
The Denver Post, 03/18/2019

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. Gerrymander

Warlike in manner or temperament; pugnacious.

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

Interchanged, given, or owed to each other.

Very talkative; garrulous.


2. Incognito

Having one’s true identity concealed.

To weaken or destroy the strength or vitality of.

Feeling or showing haughty disdain.

Clear to the understanding.


3. Unctuous

Feeling or showing haughty disdain.

Clear to the understanding.

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

Characterized by affected, exaggerated, or insincere earnestness.


4. Laissez faire

Not limited to or associated with a particular religious denomination.

Noninterference in the affairs of others.

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.

Overbearing pride or presumption; arrogance.


5. Antebellum

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.

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

A form of government in which the political authority exercises absolute and centralized control over all aspects of life,

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


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