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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 


Orderly; logically connected; consistent.

“He was very coherent,” Hamilton said.
The Denver Post, 06/18/2018

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. Antebellum

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

Very talkative; garrulous.

Clear to the understanding.

To weaken or destroy the strength or vitality of.

2. Nadir

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

The lowest point

To divide (a geographic area) into voting districts so as to give unfair advantage to one party in elections.

A temple tower of the ancient Assyrians and Babylonians, having the form of a terraced pyramid of successively receding stories.

3. Plasma

Lacking social polish; tactless.

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

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

Attended by favorable circumstances; propitious.

4. Homogeneous

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

Of the same or similar nature or kind

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

Vacuously, smugly, and unconsciously foolish.

5. Lugubrious

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

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

Having a harmful effect; injurious.

Noninterference in the affairs of others.

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