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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. Chromosome

A system of names used in an art or science:

A factor that determines a range of variations; a boundary

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

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

2. Auspicious

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

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

Attended by favorable circumstances; propitious.

An underlying base or foundation especially for an organization or system.

3. Plasma

Shaking and vibration at the surface of the earth resulting from underground movement along a fault plane.

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

Lacking serious purpose or occupation; idle.

The clear, yellowish fluid portion of blood, lymph, or intramuscular fluid in which cells are suspended.

4. Deleterious

Quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgment or insight.

Of the same or similar nature or kind

Having a harmful effect; injurious.

Characterized by affected, exaggerated, or insincere earnestness.

5. Feckless

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

Warlike in manner or temperament; pugnacious.

Lacking purpose or vitality; feeble or ineffective.

To repeat in concise form. To make a summary.

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