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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 principle or belief honored by a person or, more often, a group of people.

Bloomberg’s plan focuses on five basic tenets: requiring more effective background checks, keeping guns out of the wrong hands, banning assault weapons, spending more on enforcement of gun laws and violence intervention programs, and repealing the 2005 law that granted broad legal immunity to gun manufacturers whose products are used in a shooting.
The Denver Post, 12/09/2019

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. Loquacious

A sudden manifestation of the essence or meaning of something.

To bring under control; conquer.

Government by a few, especially by a small faction of persons or families.

Very talkative; garrulous.

2. Laissez faire

Not limited to or associated with a particular religious denomination.

Noninterference in the affairs of others.

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.

Having a harmful effect; injurious.

3. Tectonic

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


Overbearing pride or presumption; arrogance.

Playfully jocular; humorous

4. Fatuous

Impossible to dispute; unquestionable

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

Vacuously, smugly, and unconsciously foolish.

A form of government in which the political authority exercises absolute and centralized control over all aspects of life,

5. Reparation

Deception by trickery or sophistry.

A reproductive cell having the haploid number of chromosomes, especially a mature sperm or egg capable of fusing with a gamete of the opposite sex to produce the fertilized egg.

Something done or paid to compensate or make amends.

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

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