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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 


Utterly hopeless, miserable, humiliating, or wretched.

In a succinct and devastating assessment, the head of the Texas Department of Public Safety told lawmakers Tuesday that the delayed law enforcement response to the gunman inside a Uvalde elementary school was an "abject failure" that ignored lessons from previous school shootings.
The Amarillo Globe-News, 06/27/2022

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. Orthography

A product of disintegration, destruction, or wearing away; debris.

Extremely rapid, hasty, or abrupt; precipitate.

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

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.

2. Enervate

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

Playfully jocular; humorous

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

To weaken or destroy the strength or vitality of.

3. Soliloquy

The basic unit of currency among participating European Union countries.

Falling off or shed at a specific season or stage of growth:

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

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.

4. Subjugate

To bring under control; conquer.

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

Characterized by affected, exaggerated, or insincere earnestness.

Interchanged, given, or owed to each other.

5. Incognito

Having one’s true identity concealed.

A place or situation regarded as drawing into its center all that surrounds it.

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

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

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