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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 failure to function or defective functioning.

With most planned fixes left undone, AC malfunctions increased this year in many of the district's 165 traditional schools and other facilities, The Post found.
The Palm Beach Post, 10/15/2018

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. Fatuous

Lacking serious purpose or occupation; idle.

Vacuously, smugly, and unconsciously foolish.

The iron-containing respiratory pigment in red blood cells of vertebrates.

Noninterference in the affairs of others.

2. Parabola

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

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

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

The use of obstructionist tactics, especially prolonged speechmaking, for the purpose of delaying legislative action.

3. Soliloquy

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

Lacking purpose or vitality; feeble or ineffective.

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.

Something done or paid to compensate or make amends.

4. Nanotechnology

Tumultuous; stormy.

To impress (something) upon the mind of another by frequent instruction or repetition; instill.

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

To renounce under oath; forswear.

5. Deciduous

Falling off or shed at a specific season or stage of growth:

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

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

Clear to the understanding.

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