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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 


A principle or belief honored by a person or, more often, a group of people.

Bloomberg’s plan focuses on five basic tenets: requiring more effective background checks, keeping guns out of the wrong hands, banning assault weapons, spending more on enforcement of gun laws and violence intervention programs, and repealing the 2005 law that granted broad legal immunity to gun manufacturers whose products are used in a shooting.
The Denver Post, 12/09/2019

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. Thermodynamics

Logical incongruity

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

The science and technology of building electronic circuits and devices from single atoms and molecules.

Lacking purpose or vitality; feeble or ineffective.

2. Quotidian

Having a bad disposition; surly.

Interchanged, given, or owed to each other.

Everyday; commonplace.

A reproductive cell having the haploid number of chromosomes, especially a mature sperm or egg capable of fusing with a gamete of the opposite sex to produce the fertilized egg.

3. Ziggurat

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

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.

The lowest point

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

4. Deciduous

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

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

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

A system of names used in an art or science:

5. Recapitulate

Of or relating to money

To repeat in concise form. To make a summary.

Of, relating to, or produced by motion.

To insert or introduce between other elements or parts.

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