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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 


Something that changes in character gradually or in very slight stages without any clear dividing points.

Instead, climate breakdown exists on a continuum where every 10th of a degree of additional heating means more death and suffering.
The Los Angeles Times, 09/16/2019

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. Moiety

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

A part, portion, or share.

To renounce under oath; forswear.

Belonging to the period before a war, especially the American Civil War.

2. Circumlocution

An advocate of the extension of political voting rights, especially to women.

The use of unnecessarily wordy and indirect language.

A system of names used in an art or science:

Lacking serious purpose or occupation; idle.

3. Equinox

Lacking serious purpose or occupation; idle.

The predominant influence, as of a state, region, or group, over another or others.

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

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

4. Supercilious

Characterized by affected, exaggerated, or insincere earnestness.

Feeling or showing haughty disdain.

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

Having one’s true identity concealed.

5. Recapitulate

A reproductive cell having the haploid number of chromosomes, especially a mature sperm or egg capable of fusing with a gamete of the opposite sex to produce the fertilized egg.

To impress (something) upon the mind of another by frequent instruction or repetition; instill.

To repeat in concise form. To make a summary.

Having unlimited or universal power, authority, or force; all-powerful.

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