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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 condition of harmony; the quality or state of being made one

I know speaking of unity can sound to some like a foolish fantasy these days.
The San Jose Mercury News, 01/25/2021

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. Winnow

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

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

To separate or get rid of (an undesirable part); eliminate.

The act or process of inhaling and exhaling; breathing.

2. Reparation

The process in green plants and certain other organisms by which carbohydrates are synthesized from carbon dioxide and water using light as an energy source.

Quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgment or insight.

Something done or paid to compensate or make amends.

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

3. Nomenclature

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

Full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning.

A system of names used in an art or science:

Everyday; commonplace.

4. Interpolate

A doctrine holding that all values are baseless and that nothing can be known or communicated.

To insert or introduce between other elements or parts.


To proceed completely around:

5. Taxonomy

Division into ordered groups or categories.

Vacuously, smugly, and unconsciously foolish.

Not limited to or associated with a particular religious denomination.

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

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