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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 


A state of disrepair or ruin as a result of age or neglect.

Before the shooting on Monday, 35 people worked at the California Terra Garden and some of them lived in a collection of dilapidated trailers and make-shift homes, where they paid $300 a month in rent, according to a company spokesperson.
The San Jose Mercury News, 01/30/2023

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. Infrastructure

An underlying base or foundation especially for an organization or system.

Characterized by forcefulness of expression or intensity of emotion or conviction; fervid.

Having a harmful effect; injurious.

To renounce under oath; forswear.

2. Laissez faire

A marked change in appearance, character, condition, or function.

Noninterference in the affairs of others.

Division into ordered groups or categories.

A factor that determines a range of variations; a boundary

3. Lexicon

Interchanged, given, or owed to each other.

A stock of terms used in a particular profession, subject, or style; a vocabulary:

The lowest point

An extremely distant, and thus old, celestial object whose power output is several thousand times that of our entire galaxy.

4. Oligarchy

To repeat in concise form. To make a summary.

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

Clear to the understanding.

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

5. Nonsectarian

Not limited to or associated with a particular religious denomination.

Lacking serious purpose or occupation; idle.

Lacking purpose or vitality; feeble or ineffective.

The use of obstructionist tactics, especially prolonged speechmaking, for the purpose of delaying legislative action.

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