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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 status granted after a trial period to a teacher or professor that gives protection from summary dismissal.

Lupita Montoya, who holds a doctorate from Stanford University, was denied both tenure and a chance to re-review her application after working in the college’s Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering since 2010.
The Boulder Daily Camera, 02/17/2020

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. Mitosis

Warlike in manner or temperament; pugnacious.

The process in cell division by which the nucleus divides.

Very talkative; garrulous.

A product of disintegration, destruction, or wearing away; debris.

2. Impeach

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

Of or relating to money

To make an accusation against.

To renounce under oath; forswear.

3. Precipitous

Falling off or shed at a specific season or stage of growth:

Extremely rapid, hasty, or abrupt; precipitate.

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 part, portion, or share.

4. Deleterious

Logical incongruity

Having a harmful effect; injurious.

Physics that deals with the relationships and conversions between heat and other forms of energy.


5. Ziggurat


Of the same or similar nature or kind

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

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

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