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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 


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

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. Winnow

To insert or introduce between other elements or parts.

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

To separate or get rid of (an undesirable part); eliminate.

Noninterference in the affairs of others.

2. Diffident

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

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

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

To renounce under oath; forswear.

3. Chromosome

A circular strand of DNA in bacteria that contains the hereditary information necessary for cell life.

Full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning.

Deception by trickery or sophistry.

To divide (a geographic area) into voting districts so as to give unfair advantage to one party in elections.

4. Kinetic

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

Of, relating to, or produced by motion.

Quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgment or insight.

A temple tower of the ancient Assyrians and Babylonians, having the form of a terraced pyramid of successively receding stories.

5. Parabola

The act or process of inhaling and exhaling; breathing.

A plane curve formed by the intersection of a right circular cone and a plane parallel to an element of the cone.

The use of unnecessarily wordy and indirect language.

To weaken or destroy the strength or vitality of.

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