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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. Having a bad disposition; surly.

Tautology

Yeoman

Churlish

Acumen


2. To abolish, do away with, or annul, especially by authority.

Incognito

Abrogate

Detritus

Bowdlerize


3. The use of unnecessarily wordy and indirect language.

Circumlocution

Parabola

Gamete

Mitosis


4. The basic unit of currency among participating European Union countries.

Auspicious

Euro

Metamorphosis

Gerrymander


5. Not interesting; dull:

Reciprocal

Lucid

Jejune

Sanguine


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This Week's Word In The News 

HARROWING

DEFINITION:
Extremely disturbing or distressing.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
To Samuel, the journey meant trading a hopeless situation at home for potential security and prosperity in the United States — but first he needed to survive the trip north, dodging police and criminals, and a harrowing ride on top of a freight train for hundreds of miles.
Walter Cronkite School of Journalism / The Arizona Republic, 07/21/2014