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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 


An expression of sympathy, especially on the occasion of a death.

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden extended their “deepest condolences” to Comperatore’s family.
The Morning Cal, 07/15/2024

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. Unctuous

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

Noninterference in the affairs of others.

Having a harmful effect; injurious.

Characterized by affected, exaggerated, or insincere earnestness.

2. Hegemony

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

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

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

Quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgment or insight.

3. Deciduous

Quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgment or insight.

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

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

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

4. Sanguine

Vanishing or likely to vanish like vapor.

Cheerfully confident; optimistic.

A person unduly fearful or contemptuous of that which is foreign, especially of strangers or foreign peoples.

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

5. Parameter

A factor that determines a range of variations; a boundary

The use of words to express something different from and often opposite to their literal meaning.

To renounce under oath; forswear.

To picture falsely; misrepresent.

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