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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. Oligarchy

Government by a few, especially by a small faction of persons or families.

Cheerfully confident; optimistic.

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

To weaken or destroy the strength or vitality of.

2. Bowdlerize

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

A part, portion, or share.

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

A temple tower of the ancient Assyrians and Babylonians, having the form of a terraced pyramid of successively receding stories.

3. Deleterious

Having a harmful effect; injurious.

Not limited to or associated with a particular religious denomination.

Logical incongruity

Of, relating to, or produced by motion.

4. Lugubrious

Of, relating to, or produced by motion.

A diligent, dependable worker.

Mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially to an exaggerated or ludicrous degree.

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

5. Inculcate

To make an accusation against.

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

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

Needless repetition of the same sense in different words; redundancy.

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