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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 phrase important to comprehension or expression. Students are then asked to find the words within the newspaper and copy the sentence for context to its overall meaning or function in a sentence.
This Week's Word In The News 


To be an obstacle to; prevent the advancement or success of; thwart or stump.

“The continued growth in vehicle miles traveled combined with increases in the size and weight of vehicles have stymied progress.”
The Boston Herald, 05/23/2022

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. Obsequious

Full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning.

Feeling or showing haughty disdain.

The process in green plants and certain other organisms by which carbohydrates are synthesized from carbon dioxide and water using light as an energy source.

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

2. Yeoman

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

To remove erroneous, vulgar, obscene, or otherwise objectionable material from (a book, for example) before publication.

A diligent, dependable worker.

A part, portion, or share.

3. Contradiction

Tumultuous; stormy.

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

Physics that deals with the relationships and conversions between heat and other forms of energy.

Logical incongruity

4. Suffragist

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

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

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

The process in cell division by which the nucleus divides.

5. Plasma

To make an accusation against.

Everyday; commonplace.

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

Put together; created.

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