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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 

CHAPARRAL

DEFINITION:
An area covered by a dense growth of mostly small-leaved evergreen shrubs.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
The fire, burning mostly through timber, heavy logging slash and chaparral, was first reported on July 8.
The Denver Post, 07/18/2016

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 act or process of inhaling and exhaling; breathing.

Detritus

Incontrovertible

Respiration

Laissez faire


2. A place or situation regarded as drawing into its center all that surrounds it.

Yeoman

Vortex

Notarize

Omnipotent


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

Usurp

Abjure

Reparation

Interpolate


4. Logical incongruity

Contradiction

Winnow

Incognito

Photosynthesis


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

Incognito

Photosynthesis

Vacuous

Irony


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