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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 paved public walk, typically one along a waterfront at a resort.

Gunfire erupted Friday morning near the Third Street promenade in Santa Monica when a guard carrying money from an armored truck shot at a man armed with a knife who police say tried to rob him.
The Los Angeles Times, 08/19/2019

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. Precipitous

Shaking and vibration at the surface of the earth resulting from underground movement along a fault plane.

Extremely rapid, hasty, or abrupt; precipitate.

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

Eating and drinking in moderation.

2. Suffragist

Eating and drinking in moderation.

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

A stock of terms used in a particular profession, subject, or style; a vocabulary:

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

3. Expurgate

To bring under control; conquer.

To remove erroneous, vulgar, obscene, or otherwise objectionable material from (a book, for example) before publication.

The side of a right triangle opposite the right angle.

Overbearing pride or presumption; arrogance.

4. Ziggurat

A temple tower of the ancient Assyrians and Babylonians, having the form of a terraced pyramid of successively receding stories.

The act or process of inhaling and exhaling; breathing.

Everyday; commonplace.

The science and technology of building electronic circuits and devices from single atoms and molecules.

5. Parameter

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

A factor that determines a range of variations; a boundary

Mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially to an exaggerated or ludicrous degree.

To make an accusation against.

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