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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 

CONDOLENCE

DEFINITION:
An expression of sympathy, especially on the occasion of a death.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden extended their “deepest condolences” to Comperatore’s family.
The Morning Cal, 07/15/2024

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. Enervate

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

To renounce under oath; forswear.

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

To weaken or destroy the strength or vitality of.


2. Expurgate

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

Something done or paid to compensate or make amends.

The act or process of inhaling and exhaling; breathing.

The side of a right triangle opposite the right angle.


3. Vacuous

The side of a right triangle opposite the right angle.

Vacuously, smugly, and unconsciously foolish.

Lacking serious purpose or occupation; idle.

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


4. Oxidize

To increase the positive charge or valence of (an element) by removing electrons.

Everyday; commonplace.

Having unlimited or universal power, authority, or force; all-powerful.

Government by a few, especially by a small faction of persons or families.


5. Suffragist

An advocate of the extension of political voting rights, especially to women.

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

A diligent, dependable worker.

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


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