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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 


Causing or involving great fear or suffering; dreadful; terrible.

As insulin prices have soared, some people have been forced to pursue alternatives such as seeking options from other countries, lower-quality products or rationing their supply of insulin, which can have dire consequences.
The Chicago Tribune, 01/27/2020

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. Tautology

Clear to the understanding.

Needless repetition of the same sense in different words; redundancy.

Something done or paid to compensate or make amends.

A plane curve formed by the intersection of a right circular cone and a plane parallel to an element of the cone.

2. Impeach

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

To make an accusation against.

To proceed completely around:

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

3. Orthography

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

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

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

To picture falsely; misrepresent.

4. Antebellum

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

Belonging to the period before a war, especially the American Civil War.

Lacking social polish; tactless.

The act or process of inhaling and exhaling; breathing.

5. Jejune

The act or process of inhaling and exhaling; breathing.

Of, relating to, or produced by motion.

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

Not interesting; dull:

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