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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 


An Arabic word meaning striving or struggling. In Islam, it is “striving in the path of God.” It is often used to refer to a "holy war" or a vigorous campaign against perceived foes.

Top leaders of the Illinois Republican Party launched an effort at damage control Sunday after a social media post echoed President Donald Trump’s criticism of four Democratic congresswoman and went further, referring to them in a movie-type poster of being a “jihad squad” and contending they believe any criticism is racist.
The Chicago Tribune, 07/22/2019

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. Oxidize

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

Feeling or showing haughty disdain.

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

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

2. Xenophobe

To certify or attest to (the validity of a signature on a document, for example) as a notary public.

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

A factor that determines a range of variations; a boundary

Interchanged, given, or owed to each other.

3. Hemoglobin

A marked change in appearance, character, condition, or function.

Noninterference in the affairs of others.

The iron-containing respiratory pigment in red blood cells of vertebrates.

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.

4. Lexicon

The art or study of correct spelling according to established usage.

To show servile deference.

A stock of terms used in a particular profession, subject, or style; a vocabulary:

To abolish, do away with, or annul, especially by authority.

5. Lucid

Of or relating to money

Lacking purpose or vitality; feeble or ineffective.

Something done or paid to compensate or make amends.

Clear to the understanding.

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