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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 


A respite from impending punishment, as from execution of a sentence of death.

Officials and administration supporters argue that programs designed to be short-lived reprieves had remained in place for years or even decades after the upheavals that first triggered them, in some cases shielding people who came illegally or overstayed visas.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, 03/19/2018

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. Filibuster

The lowest point

Interchanged, given, or owed to each other.

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

The art or study of correct spelling according to established usage.

2. Gamete

A factor that determines a range of variations; a boundary

Very talkative; garrulous.

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

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.

3. Moiety

Of, relating to, or produced by motion.

A part, portion, or share.

Division into ordered groups or categories.

Clear to the understanding.

4. Homogeneous

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

Of the same or similar nature or kind

To seize another’s place, authority, or possession wrongfully.

To proceed completely around:

5. Obsequious

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

Full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning.

To certify or attest to (the validity of a signature on a document, for example) as a notary public.

The process in cell division by which the nucleus divides.

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