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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.

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. Not interesting; dull:

Taxonomy

Tectonic

Bowdlerize

Jejune


2. To endow with the rights of citizenship, especially the right to vote.

Enfranchise

Epiphany

Mitosis

Expurgate


3. A factor that determines a range of variations; a boundary

Mitosis

Expurgate

Abstemious

Parameter


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

Totalitarian

Vacuous

Quasar

Equinox


5. Not limited to or associated with a particular religious denomination.

Quasar

Equinox

Homogeneous

Nonsectarian


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This Week's Word In The News 

ROBUST

DEFINITION:
Requiring or characterized by much strength or energy.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
This vaccine differs from other Ebola vaccines in development because, as an inactivated whole virus vaccine, it can prime the host immune system with the complete range of Ebola viral proteins and genes, which makes it more likely to trigger a robust immune response, according to a news release from UW-Madison.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 03/30/2015