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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 


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

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. Gamete

To bring under control; conquer.

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

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.

A diligent, dependable worker.

2. Equinox

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 one’s true identity concealed.

Needless repetition of the same sense in different words; redundancy.

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

3. Respiration

The act or process of inhaling and exhaling; breathing.

Of the same or similar nature or kind

Noninterference in the affairs of others.

To weaken or destroy the strength or vitality of.

4. Omnipotent

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

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

Attended by favorable circumstances; propitious.

Characterized by affected, exaggerated, or insincere earnestness.

5. Wrought

Something done or paid to compensate or make amends.

Put together; created.

Division into ordered groups or categories.

A system of names used in an art or science:

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