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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 


A list or supply of the dramas, pieces, or parts that a company or person is prepared to perform.

The story of his immigrant parents, the poetry recitations and the historical references have been part of Blagojevich’s repertoire since his earliest days in politics.
The Chicago Tribune, 02/24/2020

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. Vortex

Lacking or marked by a lack of self-confidence; shy and timid.

To separate or get rid of (an undesirable part); eliminate.

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

Put together; created.

2. Hypotenuse

Division into ordered groups or categories.

A product of disintegration, destruction, or wearing away; debris.

The side of a right triangle opposite the right angle.

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

3. Quasar

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

Deception by trickery or sophistry.

To bring under control; conquer.

A person unduly fearful or contemptuous of that which is foreign, especially of strangers or foreign peoples.

4. Nomenclature

A system of names used in an art or science:

Full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning.

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

To insert or introduce between other elements or parts.

5. Vacuous

To insert or introduce between other elements or parts.

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

Lacking serious purpose or occupation; idle.

To weaken or destroy the strength or vitality of.

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