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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 


A forgetting or overlooking of any past offense, especially to a class of persons as a whole.

Musk said he would grant “amnesty” for suspended accounts and causing yet more uncertainty for users.
The San Jose Mercury News, 11/28/2022

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. Thermodynamics

To insert or introduce between other elements or parts.

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

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

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

2. Usurp

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

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

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

The side of a right triangle opposite the right angle.

3. Chromosome

Not interesting; dull:

A circular strand of DNA in bacteria that contains the hereditary information necessary for cell life.

Lacking purpose or vitality; feeble or ineffective.

Division into ordered groups or categories.

4. Nadir

The use of unnecessarily wordy and indirect language.

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

The lowest point

Vacuously, smugly, and unconsciously foolish.

5. Euro

Eating and drinking in moderation.

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

Of, relating to, or produced by motion.

The basic unit of currency among participating European Union countries.

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