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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 


Lack of ability or capacity. Lack of physical or intellectual ability or qualifications.

Florida ? forever the land of hanging chads, marred by the stain of electoral incompetence ? found itself Saturday embroiled in a recount lollapalooza that recalled the presidential limbo of 18 years ago that made the state a national joke.
The Palm Beach Post, 11/12/2018

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. Bellicose

To modify, as by shortening or simplifying or by skewing the content in a certain manner.

To renounce under oath; forswear.

Warlike in manner or temperament; pugnacious.

Deception by trickery or sophistry.

2. Epiphany

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.

A sudden manifestation of the essence or meaning of something.

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

To endow with the rights of citizenship, especially the right to vote.

3. Euro

To endow with the rights of citizenship, especially the right to vote.

A circular strand of DNA in bacteria that contains the hereditary information necessary for cell life.

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

The basic unit of currency among participating European Union countries.

4. Vortex

Characterized by forcefulness of expression or intensity of emotion or conviction; fervid.

Of the same or similar nature or kind


A place or situation regarded as drawing into its center all that surrounds it.

5. Unctuous

Not limited to or associated with a particular religious denomination.

Characterized by affected, exaggerated, or insincere earnestness.

To make an accusation against.

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

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