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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 


An Arabic word meaning striving or struggling. In Islam, it is “striving in the path of God.” It is often used to refer to a "holy war" or a vigorous campaign against perceived foes.

Top leaders of the Illinois Republican Party launched an effort at damage control Sunday after a social media post echoed President Donald Trump’s criticism of four Democratic congresswoman and went further, referring to them in a movie-type poster of being a “jihad squad” and contending they believe any criticism is racist.
The Chicago Tribune, 07/22/2019

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. Orthography

Lacking purpose or vitality; feeble or ineffective.

The art or study of correct spelling according to established usage.

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

To proceed completely around:

2. Bowdlerize

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

Interchanged, given, or owed to each other.

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

Of or relating to money

3. Parameter

A factor that determines a range of variations; a boundary

Having one’s true identity concealed.

Put together; created.

Deception by trickery or sophistry.

4. Tautology

To renounce under oath; forswear.

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

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

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

5. Acumen

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

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

Overbearing pride or presumption; arrogance.

Quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgment or insight.

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