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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 paved public walk, typically one along a waterfront at a resort.

Gunfire erupted Friday morning near the Third Street promenade in Santa Monica when a guard carrying money from an armored truck shot at a man armed with a knife who police say tried to rob him.
The Los Angeles Times, 08/19/2019

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. Contradiction

A temple tower of the ancient Assyrians and Babylonians, having the form of a terraced pyramid of successively receding stories.

A diligent, dependable worker.

Attended by favorable circumstances; propitious.

Logical incongruity

2. Nonsectarian

The process in green plants and certain other organisms by which carbohydrates are synthesized from carbon dioxide and water using light as an energy source.

Not limited to or associated with a particular religious denomination.

The side of a right triangle opposite the right angle.

A dramatic or literary form of discourse in which a character talks to himself or herself or reveals his or her thoughts without addressing a listener.

3. Tautology

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

Something done or paid to compensate or make amends.


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

4. Usurp


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

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

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

5. Diffident

To make an accusation against.

Lacking or marked by a lack of self-confidence; shy and timid.

Noninterference in the affairs of others.

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

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