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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 


Staying only a short time; temporary.

Pam Spencer lives in the neighborhood and says that a group of transient homeless people have started living in the park.
The Boulder Daily Camera, 07/23/2018

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. Nonsectarian

Not limited to or associated with a particular religious denomination.

Deception by trickery or sophistry.

Having a bad disposition; surly.

To certify or attest to (the validity of a signature on a document, for example) as a notary public.

2. Ziggurat

To certify or attest to (the validity of a signature on a document, for example) as a notary public.

A dramatic or literary form of discourse in which a character talks to himself or herself or reveals his or her thoughts without addressing a listener.

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

Playfully jocular; humorous

3. Gerrymander

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

To repeat in concise form. To make a summary.

To endow with the rights of citizenship, especially the right to vote.

To divide (a geographic area) into voting districts so as to give unfair advantage to one party in elections.

4. Vortex

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

To renounce under oath; forswear.

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

To separate or get rid of (an undesirable part); eliminate.

5. Parameter

Vanishing or likely to vanish like vapor.

Full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning.

A factor that determines a range of variations; a boundary

Characterized by affected, exaggerated, or insincere earnestness.

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