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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 


A state of disrepair or ruin as a result of age or neglect.

Before the shooting on Monday, 35 people worked at the California Terra Garden and some of them lived in a collection of dilapidated trailers and make-shift homes, where they paid $300 a month in rent, according to a company spokesperson.
The San Jose Mercury News, 01/30/2023

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. Pecuniary

The basic unit of currency among participating European Union countries.

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

Of, relating to, or produced by motion.

Of or relating to money

2. Facetious

Playfully jocular; humorous

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

Having a bad disposition; surly.

The lowest point

3. Tautology

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

Clear to the understanding.

Division into ordered groups or categories.

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

4. Photosynthesis

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

To increase the positive charge or valence of (an element) by removing electrons.

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.

Characterized by affected, exaggerated, or insincere earnestness.

5. Nonsectarian

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.

Everyday; commonplace.

A system of names used in an art or science:

Not limited to or associated with a particular religious denomination.

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