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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 


An expression of sympathy, especially on the occasion of a death.

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden extended their “deepest condolences” to Comperatore’s family.
The Morning Cal, 07/15/2024

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. Vehement

Characterized by forcefulness of expression or intensity of emotion or conviction; fervid.

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.

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

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

2. Acumen

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

Interchanged, given, or owed to each other.

Quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgment or insight.

Noninterference in the affairs of others.

3. Facetious

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

Warlike in manner or temperament; pugnacious.

Playfully jocular; humorous

Full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning.

4. Moiety

Something done or paid to compensate or make amends.

To certify or attest to (the validity of a signature on a document, for example) as a notary public.

Extremely rapid, hasty, or abrupt; precipitate.

A part, portion, or share.

5. Temblor

Government by a few, especially by a small faction of persons or families.

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

Shaking and vibration at the surface of the earth resulting from underground movement along a fault plane.

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

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