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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 


To indulge in conjectural thought.

Asked Sunday morning whether wind speeds could have contributed to the crash, Bradley said he would “not begin to speculate.”
The Las Vegas Review-Journal, 02/12/2018

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. Facetious

Attended by favorable circumstances; propitious.

Playfully jocular; humorous

A form of government in which the political authority exercises absolute and centralized control over all aspects of life,

Having one’s true identity concealed.

2. Gamete

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.

The use of words to express something different from and often opposite to their literal meaning.

Something done or paid to compensate or make amends.

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

3. Gauche

Something done or paid to compensate or make amends.

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

To make an accusation against.

Lacking social polish; tactless.

4. Laissez faire

Not limited to or associated with a particular religious denomination.

Full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning.

To show servile deference.

Noninterference in the affairs of others.

5. Mitosis

Having a bad disposition; surly.

The process in cell division by which the nucleus divides.

The side of a right triangle opposite the right angle.

Deception by trickery or sophistry.

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