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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 

DIRE

DEFINITION:
Causing or involving great fear or suffering; dreadful; terrible.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
As insulin prices have soared, some people have been forced to pursue alternatives such as seeking options from other countries, lower-quality products or rationing their supply of insulin, which can have dire consequences.
The Chicago Tribune, 01/27/2020

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. Homogeneous

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

To separate or get rid of (an undesirable part); eliminate.

Of the same or similar nature or kind

A diligent, dependable worker.


2. Temblor

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

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

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

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


3. Vehement

Quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgment or insight.

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

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.

Characterized by forcefulness of expression or intensity of emotion or conviction; fervid.


4. Laissez faire

To increase the positive charge or valence of (an element) by removing electrons.

Something done or paid to compensate or make amends.

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

Noninterference in the affairs of others.


5. Expurgate

Having one’s true identity concealed.

The use of unnecessarily wordy and indirect language.

To remove erroneous, vulgar, obscene, or otherwise objectionable material from (a book, for example) before publication.

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


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