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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 phrase important to comprehension or expression. Students are then asked to find the words within the newspaper and copy the sentence for context to its overall meaning or function in a sentence.
This Week's Word In The News 


A situation that is complicated and unpleasant, and about which many facts are not clear.

What happened next is murky.
The Duluth News Tribune, 03/27/2023

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. Chromosome

Extremely rapid, hasty, or abrupt; precipitate.

Of the same or similar nature or kind

Lacking serious purpose or occupation; idle.

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

2. Circumnavigate

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

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

Not interesting; dull:

To proceed completely around:

3. Polymer

Noninterference in the affairs of others.

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.

Cheerfully confident; optimistic.

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

4. Reparation

Lacking purpose or vitality; feeble or ineffective.

Full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning.

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

Something done or paid to compensate or make amends.

5. Bowdlerize

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

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

An advocate of the extension of political voting rights, especially to women.

Having a bad disposition; surly.

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