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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. Diffident

Extremely rapid, hasty, or abrupt; precipitate.

Belonging to the period before a war, especially the American Civil War.

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

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

2. Gauche

Having a harmful effect; injurious.

Lacking social polish; tactless.

Interchanged, given, or owed to each other.

Not interesting; dull:

3. Contradiction

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

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

Logical incongruity

Impossible to dispute; unquestionable

4. Photosynthesis

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

Of, relating to, or produced by motion.

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.

Eating and drinking in moderation.

5. Vacuous

Lacking serious purpose or occupation; idle.

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

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

A set of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices that constitutes a way of viewing reality

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