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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. Tempestuous

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

Having a bad disposition; surly.

Tumultuous; stormy.

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

2. Expurgate

The basic unit of currency among participating European Union countries.

Of the same or similar nature or kind

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

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

3. Omnipotent

Having unlimited or universal power, authority, or force; all-powerful.

Impossible to dispute; unquestionable

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

Everyday; commonplace.

4. Deciduous

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

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

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

Interchanged, given, or owed to each other.

5. Bellicose

A stock of terms used in a particular profession, subject, or style; a vocabulary:

To picture falsely; misrepresent.

Warlike in manner or temperament; pugnacious.

Vanishing or likely to vanish like vapor.

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