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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 phrase important to comprehension or expression. Students are then asked to find the words within the newspaper and copy the sentence for context to its overall meaning or function in a sentence.
This Week's Word In The News 


Going beyond the usual, necessary, or proper limit or degree; characterized by excess.

Officers who use excessive force will face additional criminal penalties, including up to 10 years in prison.
The Baltimore Sun, 04/12/2021

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. Nihilism

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

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

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

A marked change in appearance, character, condition, or function.

2. Supercilious

A marked change in appearance, character, condition, or function.

To weaken or destroy the strength or vitality of.

Feeling or showing haughty disdain.

A plane curve formed by the intersection of a right circular cone and a plane parallel to an element of the cone.

3. Homogeneous

Deception by trickery or sophistry.

Of the same or similar nature or kind

A part, portion, or share.

The basic unit of currency among participating European Union countries.

4. Paradigm

To make an accusation against.

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

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

Lacking purpose or vitality; feeble or ineffective.

5. Totalitarian

An underlying base or foundation especially for an organization or system.

Not interesting; dull:

A form of government in which the political authority exercises absolute and centralized control over all aspects of life,

Lacking social polish; tactless.

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