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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 


Extremely dry because of hot weather or drought.

Patches of parched landscape have caused once-green golf courses to close and limited golf cart use, the Greeley Tribune reported.
The Denver Post, 02/18/2019

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. Antebellum

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

Quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgment or insight.

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

Eating and drinking in moderation.

2. Mitosis

A stock of terms used in a particular profession, subject, or style; a vocabulary:

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

The process in cell division by which the nucleus divides.

The predominant influence, as of a state, region, or group, over another or others.

3. Expurgate

To remove erroneous, vulgar, obscene, or otherwise objectionable material from (a book, for example) before publication.

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

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

Lacking purpose or vitality; feeble or ineffective.

4. Quotidian

Lacking purpose or vitality; feeble or ineffective.

Something done or paid to compensate or make amends.

Everyday; commonplace.

Division into ordered groups or categories.

5. Incontrovertible

Having one’s true identity concealed.

Vacuously, smugly, and unconsciously foolish.

Impossible to dispute; unquestionable

Not limited to or associated with a particular religious denomination.

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