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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 capsule is a structure that contains something else, such as medicine. A space capsule is a spacecraft that uses a blunt-body vehicle to reenter the Earth's atmosphere without wings.

It’s taken six years to forge SpaceX and NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, and on Sunday at 2:48 p.m., a capsule containing astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley splashed down off the coast of Pensacola.
The Chicago Tribune, 08/03/2020

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. Hypotenuse

Logical incongruity

To renounce under oath; forswear.

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

The side of a right triangle opposite the right angle.

2. Enervate

To repeat in concise form. To make a summary.

To weaken or destroy the strength or vitality of.

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

Of the same or similar nature or kind

3. Paradigm

Not interesting; dull:

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

To seize another’s place, authority, or possession wrongfully.

Vacuously, smugly, and unconsciously foolish.

4. Nanotechnology

Cheerfully confident; optimistic.

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

To insert or introduce between other elements or parts.

A circular strand of DNA in bacteria that contains the hereditary information necessary for cell life.

5. Vortex

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

To modify, as by shortening or simplifying or by skewing the content in a certain manner.

Warlike in manner or temperament; pugnacious.

Having a harmful effect; injurious.

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