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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 


Marked by an aristocratic or high-toned manner or style.

The mudslides ravaged the tony community, destroying at least 65 homes and damaging more than 460 others, officials said.
The San Jose Mercury News, 01/15/2018

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. Auspicious

To modify, as by shortening or simplifying or by skewing the content in a certain manner.

Attended by favorable circumstances; propitious.

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

To repeat in concise form. To make a summary.

2. Abstemious

Any of numerous natural and synthetic compounds consisting of up to millions of repeated linked units,

To picture falsely; misrepresent.

Eating and drinking in moderation.

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

3. Xenophobe

The iron-containing respiratory pigment in red blood cells of vertebrates.

Of or relating to money

To renounce under oath; forswear.

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

4. Inculcate

The lowest point

Overbearing pride or presumption; arrogance.

Impossible to dispute; unquestionable

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

5. Nihilism

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

The act or process of inhaling and exhaling; breathing.

A set of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices that constitutes a way of viewing reality

Characterized by affected, exaggerated, or insincere earnestness.

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