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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. The use of obstructionist tactics, especially prolonged speechmaking, for the purpose of delaying legislative action.

Abrogate

Lugubrious

Interpolate

Filibuster


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

Notarize

Gerrymander

Obsequious

Orthography


3. A temple tower of the ancient Assyrians and Babylonians, having the form of a terraced pyramid of successively receding stories.

Orthography

Nonsectarian

Ziggurat

Hegemony


4. A set of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices that constitutes a way of viewing reality

Tautology

Photosynthesis

Feckless

Paradigm


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

Oligarchy

Usurp

Detritus

Euro


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This Week's Word In The News 

AVERSION

DEFINITION:
A strong feeling of dislike, opposition, repugnance, or antipathy.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
One after another, men and women cited job commitments, destination weddings, an aversion to the death penalty, or a certainty of guilt as reasons to prevent them from sitting on a trial expected to last at least three months.
The Boston Globe, 01/26/2015