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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 

UNITY

DEFINITION:
A condition of harmony; the quality or state of being made one

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
I know speaking of unity can sound to some like a foolish fantasy these days.
The San Jose Mercury News, 01/25/2021

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

Playfully jocular; humorous

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

Put together; created.

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


2. Abstemious

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.

Eating and drinking in moderation.


3. Circumlocution

To impress (something) upon the mind of another by frequent instruction or repetition; instill.

The use of unnecessarily wordy and indirect language.

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

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


4. Totalitarian

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

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

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

Either of two points on the celestial sphere at which the ecliptic intersects the celestial equator.


5. Deleterious

Having a harmful effect; injurious.

Attended by favorable circumstances; propitious.

A part, portion, or share.

To make an accusation against.


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