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Words in the News

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 


Of, relating to, or characteristic of an inauguration. The ceremonial induction into a position.

But the name apparently strikes too close to home for inaugural organizers.
The Denver Post, 01/16/2017

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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. Reparation

Something done or paid to compensate or make amends.

An advocate of the extension of political voting rights, especially to women.

To proceed completely around:

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

2. Expurgate

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

Characterized by affected, exaggerated, or insincere earnestness.

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

Of, relating to, or produced by motion.

3. Contradiction

Feeling or showing haughty disdain.

Lacking or marked by a lack of self-confidence; shy and timid.

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

Logical incongruity

4. Orthography

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

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

An underlying base or foundation especially for an organization or system.

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

5. Xenophobe

The act or process of inhaling and exhaling; breathing.

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

Having a bad disposition; surly.

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.

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