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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 


Something that changes in character gradually or in very slight stages without any clear dividing points.

Instead, climate breakdown exists on a continuum where every 10th of a degree of additional heating means more death and suffering.
The Los Angeles Times, 09/16/2019

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. Jejune

Not interesting; dull:

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

To insert or introduce between other elements or parts.

Vacuously, smugly, and unconsciously foolish.

2. Bellicose

Vacuously, smugly, and unconsciously foolish.

A reproductive cell having the haploid number of chromosomes, especially a mature sperm or egg capable of fusing with a gamete of the opposite sex to produce the fertilized egg.

Warlike in manner or temperament; pugnacious.

A temple tower of the ancient Assyrians and Babylonians, having the form of a terraced pyramid of successively receding stories.

3. Epiphany

Very talkative; garrulous.

A sudden manifestation of the essence or meaning of something.

To abolish, do away with, or annul, especially by authority.

Having a harmful effect; injurious.

4. Impeach

Physics that deals with the relationships and conversions between heat and other forms of energy.

Characterized by affected, exaggerated, or insincere earnestness.

To make an accusation against.

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

5. Kowtow

To show servile deference.

To endow with the rights of citizenship, especially the right to vote.

Noninterference in the affairs of others.

Something done or paid to compensate or make amends.

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