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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 article of trade or commerce, especially a product as distinguished from a service. Something of use, advantage, or value.

Proponents contend subjugating nature as a commodity, used to satisfy human demands, is leading to disaster as the climate warms, and they’re pressing for a new paradigm.
The Denver Post, 07/26/2021

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. Evanescent

Having a harmful effect; injurious.

To weaken or destroy the strength or vitality of.

Impossible to dispute; unquestionable

Vanishing or likely to vanish like vapor.

2. Bowdlerize

To picture falsely; misrepresent.

Vacuously, smugly, and unconsciously foolish.

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

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

3. Infrastructure

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

A product of disintegration, destruction, or wearing away; debris.

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

A system of names used in an art or science:

4. Reparation

A system of names used in an art or science:

The use of obstructionist tactics, especially prolonged speechmaking, for the purpose of delaying legislative action.

Something done or paid to compensate or make amends.

A set of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices that constitutes a way of viewing reality

5. Totalitarian

Cheerfully confident; optimistic.

Characterized by affected, exaggerated, or insincere earnestness.

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

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

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