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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 phrase important to comprehension or expression. Students are then asked to find the words within the newspaper and copy the sentence for context to its overall meaning or function in a sentence.
This Week's Word In The News 


In a way that is not regular, certain, or expected.

Police officers said he was acting erratically and posed an “immediate threat,” according to the incident report.
The Orlando Sentinel, 05/20/2024

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. Equinox

A product of disintegration, destruction, or wearing away; debris.

Lacking serious purpose or occupation; idle.

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

Lacking purpose or vitality; feeble or ineffective.

2. Gauche

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.

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

Lacking social polish; tactless.

The side of a right triangle opposite the right angle.

3. Filibuster

Not limited to or associated with a particular religious denomination.

Of the same or similar nature or kind

The use of obstructionist tactics, especially prolonged speechmaking, for the purpose of delaying legislative action.

Characterized by affected, exaggerated, or insincere earnestness.

4. Sanguine

The process in cell division by which the nucleus divides.

Cheerfully confident; optimistic.

To renounce under oath; forswear.

Noninterference in the affairs of others.

5. Tempestuous

The lowest point

Tumultuous; stormy.

The predominant influence, as of a state, region, or group, over another or others.

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

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