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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 respite from impending punishment, as from execution of a sentence of death.

Officials and administration supporters argue that programs designed to be short-lived reprieves had remained in place for years or even decades after the upheavals that first triggered them, in some cases shielding people who came illegally or overstayed visas.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, 03/19/2018

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. Antebellum

Quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgment or insight.

The use of unnecessarily wordy and indirect language.

A factor that determines a range of variations; a boundary

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

2. Feckless

Lacking purpose or vitality; feeble or ineffective.

Lacking or marked by a lack of self-confidence; shy and timid.

The side of a right triangle opposite the right angle.

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

3. Lugubrious

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

A system of names used in an art or science:

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

Tumultuous; stormy.

4. Auspicious

To weaken or destroy the strength or vitality of.

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

To show servile deference.

Attended by favorable circumstances; propitious.

5. Abrogate

An extremely distant, and thus old, celestial object whose power output is several thousand times that of our entire galaxy.

To proceed completely around:

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

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

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