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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 


An Arabic word meaning striving or struggling. In Islam, it is “striving in the path of God.” It is often used to refer to a "holy war" or a vigorous campaign against perceived foes.

Top leaders of the Illinois Republican Party launched an effort at damage control Sunday after a social media post echoed President Donald Trump’s criticism of four Democratic congresswoman and went further, referring to them in a movie-type poster of being a “jihad squad” and contending they believe any criticism is racist.
The Chicago Tribune, 07/22/2019

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. Polymer

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

The basic unit of currency among participating European Union countries.

Something done or paid to compensate or make amends.

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

2. Oligarchy

Lacking purpose or vitality; feeble or ineffective.

Quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgment or insight.

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

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

3. Nomenclature

To repeat in concise form. To make a summary.

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

To renounce under oath; forswear.

A system of names used in an art or science:

4. Yeoman

The use of words to express something different from and often opposite to their literal meaning.

Playfully jocular; humorous

A diligent, dependable worker.

Either of two points on the celestial sphere at which the ecliptic intersects the celestial equator.

5. Obsequious

A factor that determines a range of variations; a boundary

Of the same or similar nature or kind

Full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning.

To show servile deference.

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