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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 


The official way to confirm something, usually by vote.

The deal has been up for a ratification vote by the district’s educators all week, with the results scheduled to be announced Monday.
The Denver Post, 02/24/2019

Words in the News Quiz
5 High School Words

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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. Sanguine

Needless repetition of the same sense in different words; redundancy.

Cheerfully confident; optimistic.

Of the same or similar nature or kind

The act or process of inhaling and exhaling; breathing.

2. Quotidian

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

Everyday; commonplace.

To abolish, do away with, or annul, especially by authority.

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

3. Expurgate

To renounce under oath; forswear.

Of, relating to, or produced by motion.

To remove erroneous, vulgar, obscene, or otherwise objectionable material from (a book, for example) before publication.

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

4. Chicanery

Lacking purpose or vitality; feeble or ineffective.

Clear to the understanding.

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

Deception by trickery or sophistry.

5. Oligarchy

Physics that deals with the relationships and conversions between heat and other forms of energy.

Tumultuous; stormy.

The science and technology of building electronic circuits and devices from single atoms and molecules.

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

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