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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 


Insulin is a protein hormone that is used as a medication to treat high blood glucose.

Diabetics in Colorado who use insulin to control their blood sugar levels won’t pay more than $100 per month for the drug starting in January thanks to a bill signed into law by Gov. Jared Polis on Wednesday.
The Denver Post, 05/27/2019

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. Totalitarian

A plane curve formed by the intersection of a right circular cone and a plane parallel to an element of the cone.

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


Mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially to an exaggerated or ludicrous degree.

2. Subjugate

Having a bad disposition; surly.

To bring under control; conquer.

A marked change in appearance, character, condition, or function.

To abolish, do away with, or annul, especially by authority.

3. Taxonomy

To abolish, do away with, or annul, especially by authority.

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

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

Division into ordered groups or categories.

4. Bowdlerize

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

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

To endow with the rights of citizenship, especially the right to vote.

An underlying base or foundation especially for an organization or system.

5. Vacuous

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

Lacking serious purpose or occupation; idle.

Falling off or shed at a specific season or stage of growth:

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

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