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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 


Going beyond the usual, necessary, or proper limit or degree; characterized by excess.

Officers who use excessive force will face additional criminal penalties, including up to 10 years in prison.
The Baltimore Sun, 04/12/2021

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. Lexicon

A stock of terms used in a particular profession, subject, or style; a vocabulary:

Mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially to an exaggerated or ludicrous degree.

Vacuously, smugly, and unconsciously foolish.

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.

2. Detritus

Belonging to the period before a war, especially the American Civil War.

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

Impossible to dispute; unquestionable

Clear to the understanding.

3. Orthography

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

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

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

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

4. Parameter

The basic unit of currency among participating European Union countries.

A factor that determines a range of variations; a boundary

The use of unnecessarily wordy and indirect language.

The use of words to express something different from and often opposite to their literal meaning.

5. Jejune

The use of words to express something different from and often opposite to their literal meaning.

To seize another’s place, authority, or possession wrongfully.

A form of government in which the political authority exercises absolute and centralized control over all aspects of life,

Not interesting; dull:

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