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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 


Utterly hopeless, miserable, humiliating, or wretched.

In a succinct and devastating assessment, the head of the Texas Department of Public Safety told lawmakers Tuesday that the delayed law enforcement response to the gunman inside a Uvalde elementary school was an "abject failure" that ignored lessons from previous school shootings.
The Amarillo Globe-News, 06/27/2022

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. Pecuniary

Overbearing pride or presumption; arrogance.

Of or relating to money

Characterized by affected, exaggerated, or insincere earnestness.

A dramatic or literary form of discourse in which a character talks to himself or herself or reveals his or her thoughts without addressing a listener.

2. Enfranchise

Having one’s true identity concealed.

Lacking social polish; tactless.

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

Lacking serious purpose or occupation; idle.

3. Lugubrious

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

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

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

Noninterference in the affairs of others.

4. Nihilism

A diligent, dependable worker.

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

Attended by favorable circumstances; propitious.

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

5. Jejune

Not interesting; dull:

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

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

A stock of terms used in a particular profession, subject, or style; a vocabulary:

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