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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 


Lack of ability or capacity. Lack of physical or intellectual ability or qualifications.

Florida ? forever the land of hanging chads, marred by the stain of electoral incompetence ? found itself Saturday embroiled in a recount lollapalooza that recalled the presidential limbo of 18 years ago that made the state a national joke.
The Palm Beach Post, 11/12/2018

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. Unctuous

The side of a right triangle opposite the right angle.

Everyday; commonplace.

A sudden manifestation of the essence or meaning of something.

Characterized by affected, exaggerated, or insincere earnestness.

2. Plasma

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

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

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

To seize another’s place, authority, or possession wrongfully.

3. Precipitous

Not interesting; dull:

The process in cell division by which the nucleus divides.

Extremely rapid, hasty, or abrupt; precipitate.

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

4. Churlish

Having a bad disposition; surly.

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

Impossible to dispute; unquestionable

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

5. Polymer

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

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

The use of unnecessarily wordy and indirect language.

To make an accusation against.

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