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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 security measure taken during an emergency to prevent people from leaving or entering a building.

The lockdown alarm had sounded just before the end of the day and there had been no announcement that there would be a drill.
The Denver Post, 04/22/2019

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. Jejune

Of or relating to money

Not interesting; dull:

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

To weaken or destroy the strength or vitality of.

2. Deciduous

A system of names used in an art or science:

Falling off or shed at a specific season or stage of growth:

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

Cheerfully confident; optimistic.

3. Plasma

Cheerfully confident; optimistic.

To separate or get rid of (an undesirable part); eliminate.

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

The clear, yellowish fluid portion of blood, lymph, or intramuscular fluid in which cells are suspended.

4. Diffident

Vanishing or likely to vanish like vapor.

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

Overbearing pride or presumption; arrogance.

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

5. Inculcate

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

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

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

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

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