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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 


A capsule is a structure that contains something else, such as medicine. A space capsule is a spacecraft that uses a blunt-body vehicle to reenter the Earth's atmosphere without wings.

It’s taken six years to forge SpaceX and NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, and on Sunday at 2:48 p.m., a capsule containing astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley splashed down off the coast of Pensacola.
The Chicago Tribune, 08/03/2020

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. Vortex

Cheerfully confident; optimistic.

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

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

Extremely rapid, hasty, or abrupt; precipitate.

2. Evanescent

Vanishing or likely to vanish like vapor.

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

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

Not limited to or associated with a particular religious denomination.

3. Fiduciary

Of or relating to a holding of something in trust for another.

A doctrine holding that all values are baseless and that nothing can be known or communicated.

Either of two points on the celestial sphere at which the ecliptic intersects the celestial equator.

To increase the positive charge or valence of (an element) by removing electrons.

4. Infrastructure

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


To show servile deference.

Of, relating to, or produced by motion.

5. Metamorphosis

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

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

A circular strand of DNA in bacteria that contains the hereditary information necessary for cell life.

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

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