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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 


To come together, to assemble, or to gather.

“People who live like this don’t really congregate, and try to stay out of view.”
The Los Angeles Times, 11/27/2023

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. Obsequious

Vanishing or likely to vanish like vapor.

The side of a right triangle opposite the right angle.

Eating and drinking in moderation.

Full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning.

2. Chromosome


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

Extremely rapid, hasty, or abrupt; precipitate.

The basic unit of currency among participating European Union countries.

3. Parabola

The basic unit of currency among participating European Union countries.

To impress (something) upon the mind of another by frequent instruction or repetition; instill.

The use of unnecessarily wordy and indirect language.

A plane curve formed by the intersection of a right circular cone and a plane parallel to an element of the cone.

4. Tautology

Lacking social polish; tactless.

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.

Feeling or showing haughty disdain.

5. Respiration

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

Of or relating to money

The act or process of inhaling and exhaling; breathing.

Something done or paid to compensate or make amends.

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