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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 


A person suffering complete paralysis of the lower half of the body, usually resulting from damage to the spinal cord.

The Dayton FOP issued a statement Friday evening in defense of two officers who pulled a paraplegic man from a car during a traffic stop.
The Dayton Daily Newa, 10/11/2021

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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. Abjure

The basic unit of currency among participating European Union countries.

Lacking serious purpose or occupation; idle.

To renounce under oath; forswear.

Characterized by affected, exaggerated, or insincere earnestness.

2. Churlish

A diligent, dependable worker.

The use of obstructionist tactics, especially prolonged speechmaking, for the purpose of delaying legislative action.

Having a bad disposition; surly.

Warlike in manner or temperament; pugnacious.

3. Nihilism

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

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

A form of government in which the political authority exercises absolute and centralized control over all aspects of life,

The science and technology of building electronic circuits and devices from single atoms and molecules.

4. Oligarchy

Interchanged, given, or owed to each other.

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

Feeling or showing haughty disdain.

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

5. Metamorphosis

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

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

The iron-containing respiratory pigment in red blood cells of vertebrates.

A system of names used in an art or science:

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