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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. Nanotechnology

A part, portion, or share.

Full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning.

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

Having one’s true identity concealed.

2. Lugubrious

Mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially to an exaggerated or ludicrous degree.

Warlike in manner or temperament; pugnacious.

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.

Tumultuous; stormy.

3. Usurp

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

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

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

Of or relating to a holding of something in trust for another.

4. Circumlocution

Of or relating to a holding of something in trust for another.

To weaken or destroy the strength or vitality of.

The use of unnecessarily wordy and indirect language.

Quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgment or insight.

5. Bowdlerize

Put together; created.

A dramatic or literary form of discourse in which a character talks to himself or herself or reveals his or her thoughts without addressing a listener.


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

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