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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 

CONTINUUM

DEFINITION:
Something that changes in character gradually or in very slight stages without any clear dividing points.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Instead, climate breakdown exists on a continuum where every 10th of a degree of additional heating means more death and suffering.
The Los Angeles Times, 09/16/2019

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. Lugubrious

The clear, yellowish fluid portion of blood, lymph, or intramuscular fluid in which cells are suspended.

Cheerfully confident; optimistic.

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

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


2. Vortex

A system of names used in an art or science:

Everyday; commonplace.

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

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


3. Thermodynamics

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

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

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

Overbearing pride or presumption; arrogance.


4. Circumnavigate

Overbearing pride or presumption; arrogance.

Playfully jocular; humorous

To proceed completely around:

To renounce under oath; forswear.


5. Churlish

Division into ordered groups or categories.

A person unduly fearful or contemptuous of that which is foreign, especially of strangers or foreign peoples.

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.

Having a bad disposition; surly.


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