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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 

DIMINISHMENT

DEFINITION:
The act or process of decreasing: a reduction or curtailment

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
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. Acumen

Quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgment or insight.

Cheerfully confident; optimistic.

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

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


2. Oligarchy

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

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

The basic unit of currency among participating European Union countries.

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


3. Bellicose

Of, relating to, or produced by motion.

Warlike in manner or temperament; pugnacious.

The use of unnecessarily wordy and indirect language.

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.


4. Vacuous

A system of names used in an art or science:

Lacking serious purpose or occupation; idle.

Having one’s true identity concealed.

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


5. Nonsectarian

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

Eating and drinking in moderation.

Feeling or showing haughty disdain.

Not limited to or associated with a particular religious denomination.


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