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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 enclosed aerial walkway connecting two buildings. Also, a route used by airlines or an elevated highway.

That implication, that Minneapolis would be better off without its skyways, sparked intense debate.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, 04/24/2017

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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. Laissez faire

Quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgment or insight.

Noninterference in the affairs of others.

Having unlimited or universal power, authority, or force; all-powerful.

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

2. Yeoman

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

The process in green plants and certain other organisms by which carbohydrates are synthesized from carbon dioxide and water using light as an energy source.

Government by a few, especially by a small faction of persons or families.

A diligent, dependable worker.

3. Feckless

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

Lacking purpose or vitality; feeble or ineffective.

Something done or paid to compensate or make amends.

Needless repetition of the same sense in different words; redundancy.

4. Quotidian

Shaking and vibration at the surface of the earth resulting from underground movement along a fault plane.

Everyday; commonplace.

Feeling or showing haughty disdain.

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

5. Vehement

Characterized by forcefulness of expression or intensity of emotion or conviction; fervid.

Of or relating to a holding of something in trust for another.

A part, portion, or share.

Division into ordered groups or categories.

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