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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 


Going beyond the usual, necessary, or proper limit or degree; characterized by excess.

Officers who use excessive force will face additional criminal penalties, including up to 10 years in prison.
The Baltimore Sun, 04/12/2021

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. Temblor

Tumultuous; stormy.

Very talkative; garrulous.

Characterized by affected, exaggerated, or insincere earnestness.

Shaking and vibration at the surface of the earth resulting from underground movement along a fault plane.

2. Suffragist

The use of words to express something different from and often opposite to their literal meaning.

An advocate of the extension of political voting rights, especially to women.

To endow with the rights of citizenship, especially the right to vote.

Division into ordered groups or categories.

3. Gerrymander

Feeling or showing haughty disdain.

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

To divide (a geographic area) into voting districts so as to give unfair advantage to one party in elections.

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

4. Paradigm

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

Cheerfully confident; optimistic.

Of the same or similar nature or kind

Noninterference in the affairs of others.

5. Respiration

Of the same or similar nature or kind

Noninterference in the affairs of others.

Deception by trickery or sophistry.

The act or process of inhaling and exhaling; breathing.

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