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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 natural or artificial place where water is collected and stored for use, especially water for supplying a community, irrigating land, furnishing power, etc.

The Colorado River is so strained amid population growth and a climate shift to hotter, drier conditions that federal water managers may declare an unprecedented “shortage” and cut releases from reservoirs.
The Denver Post, 08/20/2018

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. Plasma

The basic unit of currency among participating European Union countries.

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

Full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning.

The use of unnecessarily wordy and indirect language.

2. Lucid

The use of unnecessarily wordy and indirect language.

Extremely rapid, hasty, or abrupt; precipitate.

Quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgment or insight.

Clear to the understanding.

3. Fiduciary

Of or relating to a holding of something in trust for another.

Mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially to an exaggerated or ludicrous degree.

A form of government in which the political authority exercises absolute and centralized control over all aspects of life,

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

4. Winnow

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

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

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

To repeat in concise form. To make a summary.

5. Abstemious

Deception by trickery or sophistry.

The process in cell division by which the nucleus divides.

To picture falsely; misrepresent.

Eating and drinking in moderation.

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