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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 

DREARY

DEFINITION:
Causing unhappiness or gloom: not warm or cheerful.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Forecasters were calling for a dreary Sunday with dense fog in northern parts of the state through noon and a mixture of rain and snow turning to mostly snow by the afternoon, with as much as an inch of accumulation possible.
The Chicago Tribune, 12/02/2019

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. Feckless

To bring under control; conquer.

The process in green plants and certain other organisms by which carbohydrates are synthesized from carbon dioxide and water using light as an energy source.

Lacking purpose or vitality; feeble or ineffective.

An extremely distant, and thus old, celestial object whose power output is several thousand times that of our entire galaxy.


2. Sanguine

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

Cheerfully confident; optimistic.

Having a bad disposition; surly.

To picture falsely; misrepresent.


3. Usurp

To seize another’s place, authority, or possession wrongfully.

Quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgment or insight.

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

Vanishing or likely to vanish like vapor.


4. Tectonic

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

Vanishing or likely to vanish like vapor.

A system of names used in an art or science:

Architectural.


5. Enervate

To weaken or destroy the strength or vitality of.

The iron-containing respiratory pigment in red blood cells of vertebrates.

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

Physics that deals with the relationships and conversions between heat and other forms of energy.


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