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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 strong or violent reaction, as to some social or political change.

The Cook County soda tax backlash and repeal could make it harder for the county, city and Chicago Public Schools to raise taxes or enact new ones, according to one Wall Street debt rating agency.
The Chicago Tribune, 10/23/2017

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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. Acumen

Quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgment or insight.

Of, relating to, or produced by motion.

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

Put together; created.

2. Abjure

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

To renounce under oath; forswear.

Cheerfully confident; optimistic.

Needless repetition of the same sense in different words; redundancy.

3. Hubris

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

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

Overbearing pride or presumption; arrogance.

Deception by trickery or sophistry.

4. Lugubrious

The basic unit of currency among participating European Union countries.

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

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

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

5. Vacuous

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

Of or relating to money

The act or process of inhaling and exhaling; breathing.

Lacking serious purpose or occupation; idle.

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