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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 respite from impending punishment, as from execution of a sentence of death.

Officials and administration supporters argue that programs designed to be short-lived reprieves had remained in place for years or even decades after the upheavals that first triggered them, in some cases shielding people who came illegally or overstayed visas.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, 03/19/2018

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. Unctuous

Characterized by affected, exaggerated, or insincere earnestness.

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

A marked change in appearance, character, condition, or function.

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

2. Fiduciary

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

To picture falsely; misrepresent.

Of or relating to a holding of something in trust for another.

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

3. Bowdlerize

Noninterference in the affairs of others.

Lacking purpose or vitality; feeble or ineffective.

To modify, as by shortening or simplifying or by skewing the content in a certain manner.

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. Photosynthesis

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.

Vacuously, smugly, and unconsciously foolish.

Not limited to or associated with a particular religious denomination.

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

5. Xenophobe

A person unduly fearful or contemptuous of that which is foreign, especially of strangers or foreign peoples.

Full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning.

The side of a right triangle opposite the right angle.

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

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