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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 


Something that changes in character gradually or in very slight stages without any clear dividing points.

Instead, climate breakdown exists on a continuum where every 10th of a degree of additional heating means more death and suffering.
The Los Angeles Times, 09/16/2019

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. Totalitarian

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

The lowest point

Clear to the understanding.

Vacuously, smugly, and unconsciously foolish.

2. Diffident

Vacuously, smugly, and unconsciously foolish.

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

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

Everyday; commonplace.

3. Lugubrious

Mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially to an exaggerated or ludicrous degree.

To insert or introduce between other elements or parts.

Overbearing pride or presumption; arrogance.

Characterized by affected, exaggerated, or insincere earnestness.

4. Wrought

Characterized by affected, exaggerated, or insincere earnestness.

Having unlimited or universal power, authority, or force; all-powerful.

Put together; created.

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

5. Detritus

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

A product of disintegration, destruction, or wearing away; debris.

To abolish, do away with, or annul, especially by authority.

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

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