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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 cessation of operations or activity, as at a factory or government department.

"If I was ever going to do a shutdown over border security - when you look at the caravan, when you look at the mess, when you look at the people coming in," the president said.
The Chicago Tribune, 11/19/2018

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. Fatuous

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

Put together; created.

Vacuously, smugly, and unconsciously foolish.

Any of numerous natural and synthetic compounds consisting of up to millions of repeated linked units,

2. Omnipotent

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

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

Belonging to the period before a war, especially the American Civil War.

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

3. Nonsectarian

To proceed completely around:

Not limited to or associated with a particular religious denomination.

Having a harmful effect; injurious.

The act or process of inhaling and exhaling; breathing.

4. Bellicose

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

The basic unit of currency among participating European Union countries.

Warlike in manner or temperament; pugnacious.


5. Equinox

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

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

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

Vanishing or likely to vanish like vapor.

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