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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 principle or belief honored by a person or, more often, a group of people.

Bloomberg’s plan focuses on five basic tenets: requiring more effective background checks, keeping guns out of the wrong hands, banning assault weapons, spending more on enforcement of gun laws and violence intervention programs, and repealing the 2005 law that granted broad legal immunity to gun manufacturers whose products are used in a shooting.
The Denver Post, 12/09/2019

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. Temblor

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

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

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

Having a bad disposition; surly.

2. Obsequious

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

Having a bad disposition; surly.

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

Full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning.

3. Contradiction

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

Logical incongruity

The use of unnecessarily wordy and indirect language.

Tumultuous; stormy.

4. Parabola

The lowest point

A plane curve formed by the intersection of a right circular cone and a plane parallel to an element of the cone.

Noninterference in the affairs of others.

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

5. Winnow

A reproductive cell having the haploid number of chromosomes, especially a mature sperm or egg capable of fusing with a gamete of the opposite sex to produce the fertilized egg.

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

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

To renounce under oath; forswear.

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