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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 


The act or process of giving out parts of a whole.

Under those same drought agreements, Nevada’s allocation would be cut to 270,000 acre-feet if Lake Mead were to fall to 1,025 feet.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal, 05/29/2023

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. Nonsectarian

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

A part, portion, or share.

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

Not limited to or associated with a particular religious denomination.

2. Feckless

Lacking purpose or vitality; feeble or ineffective.

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

Of the same or similar nature or kind

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

3. Kowtow

Of the same or similar nature or kind

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

To bring under control; conquer.

To show servile deference.

4. Expurgate

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

The science and technology of building electronic circuits and devices from single atoms and molecules.

The basic unit of currency among participating European Union countries.

Feeling or showing haughty disdain.

5. Antebellum

Belonging to the period before a war, especially the American Civil War.

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

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

The process in cell division by which the nucleus divides.

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