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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 difference or contrast between similar things or people.

Here’s one more dubious distinction for San Jose and San Francisco: The two metro areas are the runaway national leaders in the amount of household income needed to buy a house.
The San Jose Mercury News, 11/27/2017

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. Tectonic

Extremely rapid, hasty, or abrupt; precipitate.


The use of obstructionist tactics, especially prolonged speechmaking, for the purpose of delaying legislative action.

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

2. Vehement

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

Having one’s true identity concealed.

Vacuously, smugly, and unconsciously foolish.

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

3. Vortex

A part, portion, or share.

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

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

Of the same or similar nature or kind

4. Incontrovertible

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

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

Impossible to dispute; unquestionable

The art or study of correct spelling according to established usage.

5. Loquacious

Very talkative; garrulous.

To seize another’s place, authority, or possession wrongfully.

A system of names used in an art or science:

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

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