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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 


Not capable of being wrong or making mistakes.

Students in Minnesota public high schools soon could earn credit for courses that teach the Bible or the Qur’an as infallible truth under a proposal now before the Minnesota Legislature.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, 03/27/2017

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. Nihilism

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.

To repeat in concise form. To make a summary.

Vacuously, smugly, and unconsciously foolish.

A doctrine holding that all values are baseless and that nothing can be known or communicated.

2. Interpolate

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

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

Feeling or showing haughty disdain.

To insert or introduce between other elements or parts.

3. Abjure

Cheerfully confident; optimistic.

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

Of the same or similar nature or kind

To renounce under oath; forswear.

4. Respiration

The use of unnecessarily wordy and indirect language.

The act or process of inhaling and exhaling; breathing.

Either of two points on the celestial sphere at which the ecliptic intersects the celestial equator.

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

5. Thermodynamics

Lacking serious purpose or occupation; idle.

A system of names used in an art or science:

Physics that deals with the relationships and conversions between heat and other forms of energy.

A part, portion, or share.

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