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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 


The act or process of decreasing: a reduction or curtailment

Denver epitomizes this diminishment of nature in the city, a trend worldwide with 55 percent of humanity living in urban areas and a projected 2.5 billion more people on the way by 2050.
The Denver Post, 01/14/2019

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. Thermodynamics

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

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

Clear to the understanding.

The use of unnecessarily wordy and indirect language.

2. Hubris

Overbearing pride or presumption; arrogance.

A sudden manifestation of the essence or meaning of something.

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

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

3. Recapitulate

To repeat in concise form. To make a summary.

Tumultuous; stormy.

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

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

4. Soliloquy

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

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.

Not limited to or associated with a particular religious denomination.

Division into ordered groups or categories.

5. Laissez faire

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

Noninterference in the affairs of others.

To weaken or destroy the strength or vitality of.

The predominant influence, as of a state, region, or group, over another or others.

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