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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 


Something that changes in character gradually or in very slight stages without any clear dividing points.

Instead, climate breakdown exists on a continuum where every 10th of a degree of additional heating means more death and suffering.
The Los Angeles Times, 09/16/2019

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. Circumlocution

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

A system of names used in an art or science:

The use of unnecessarily wordy and indirect language.

To abolish, do away with, or annul, especially by authority.

2. Reparation

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

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

Having one’s true identity concealed.

Something done or paid to compensate or make amends.

3. Nihilism

Eating and drinking in moderation.

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

The process in cell division by which the nucleus divides.

Characterized by affected, exaggerated, or insincere earnestness.

4. Orthography

The art or study of correct spelling according to established usage.

Attended by favorable circumstances; propitious.

A sudden manifestation of the essence or meaning of something.

The side of a right triangle opposite the right angle.

5. Deciduous

The side of a right triangle opposite the right angle.

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

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

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

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