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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 


Something that changes in character gradually or in very slight stages without any clear dividing points.

Instead, climate breakdown exists on a continuum where every 10th of a degree of additional heating means more death and suffering.
The Los Angeles Times, 09/16/2019

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. Parameter

A factor that determines a range of variations; a boundary

To renounce under oath; forswear.

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

Of the same or similar nature or kind

2. Enfranchise

Of the same or similar nature or kind

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

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

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

3. Deleterious

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.

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

Not interesting; dull:

Having a harmful effect; injurious.

4. Polymer

Noninterference in the affairs of others.

Of, relating to, or produced by motion.

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

A part, portion, or share.

5. Chicanery

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

Deception by trickery or sophistry.

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

The act or process of inhaling and exhaling; breathing.

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