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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 


Utterly hopeless, miserable, humiliating, or wretched.

In a succinct and devastating assessment, the head of the Texas Department of Public Safety told lawmakers Tuesday that the delayed law enforcement response to the gunman inside a Uvalde elementary school was an "abject failure" that ignored lessons from previous school shootings.
The Amarillo Globe-News, 06/27/2022

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. Thermodynamics

Having unlimited or universal power, authority, or force; all-powerful.

Vacuously, smugly, and unconsciously foolish.

Cheerfully confident; optimistic.

Physics that deals with the relationships and conversions between heat and other forms of energy.

2. Bellicose

Any of numerous natural and synthetic compounds consisting of up to millions of repeated linked units,

Warlike in manner or temperament; pugnacious.

The process in cell division by which the nucleus divides.

Full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning.

3. Evanescent

Deception by trickery or sophistry.

Vanishing or likely to vanish like vapor.

A product of disintegration, destruction, or wearing away; debris.

Of or relating to a holding of something in trust for another.

4. Plasma

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

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

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

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

5. Inculcate

Of the same or similar nature or kind


The iron-containing respiratory pigment in red blood cells of vertebrates.

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

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