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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 


Causing great horror; horribly repugnant; grisly.

The coordinated strike marked the second time in a year that Trump has used force against Assad, who U.S. officials believe has continued to test the West’s willingness to accept gruesome chemical attacks.
The Denver Post, 04/16/2018

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. Nanotechnology

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

The science and technology of building electronic circuits and devices from single atoms and molecules.

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

Everyday; commonplace.

2. Parabola

A circular strand of DNA in bacteria that contains the hereditary information necessary for cell life.

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

Vacuously, smugly, and unconsciously foolish.

To insert or introduce between other elements or parts.

3. Abrogate

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.

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

Eating and drinking in moderation.

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

4. Abjure

The use of unnecessarily wordy and indirect language.

To renounce under oath; forswear.

Division into ordered groups or categories.

Characterized by affected, exaggerated, or insincere earnestness.

5. Lucid

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

Clear to the understanding.

Vanishing or likely to vanish like vapor.

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.

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