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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 


The official way to confirm something, usually by vote.

The deal has been up for a ratification vote by the district’s educators all week, with the results scheduled to be announced Monday.
The Denver Post, 02/24/2019

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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. Bellicose

Government by a few, especially by a small faction of persons or families.

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

A temple tower of the ancient Assyrians and Babylonians, having the form of a terraced pyramid of successively receding stories.

Warlike in manner or temperament; pugnacious.

2. Notarize

Clear to the understanding.

To modify, as by shortening or simplifying or by skewing the content in a certain manner.

To certify or attest to (the validity of a signature on a document, for example) as a notary public.

Lacking social polish; tactless.

3. Tectonic

Division into ordered groups or categories.


To divide (a geographic area) into voting districts so as to give unfair advantage to one party in elections.

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

4. Abjure

The clear, yellowish fluid portion of blood, lymph, or intramuscular fluid in which cells are suspended.

The process in cell division by which the nucleus divides.

To renounce under oath; forswear.

Having a bad disposition; surly.

5. Detritus

Deception by trickery or sophistry.

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

Noninterference in the affairs of others.

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

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