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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 respite from impending punishment, as from execution of a sentence of death.

Officials and administration supporters argue that programs designed to be short-lived reprieves had remained in place for years or even decades after the upheavals that first triggered them, in some cases shielding people who came illegally or overstayed visas.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, 03/19/2018

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. Equinox

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

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

Not limited to or associated with a particular religious denomination.

Eating and drinking in moderation.

2. Totalitarian

Eating and drinking in moderation.

Any of numerous natural and synthetic compounds consisting of up to millions of repeated linked units,

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

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

3. Acumen

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

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

Quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgment or insight.

Warlike in manner or temperament; pugnacious.

4. Diffident

Extremely rapid, hasty, or abrupt; precipitate.

Lacking or marked by a lack of self-confidence; shy and timid.

To increase the positive charge or valence of (an element) by removing electrons.

To proceed completely around:

5. Deleterious

Playfully jocular; humorous

Having a harmful effect; injurious.

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

The basic unit of currency among participating European Union countries.

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