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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 

SPECULATE

DEFINITION:
To indulge in conjectural thought.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Asked Sunday morning whether wind speeds could have contributed to the crash, Bradley said he would “not begin to speculate.”
The Las Vegas Review-Journal, 02/12/2018

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

Expurgate

Infrastructure

Hegemony

Chicanery


2. The side of a right triangle opposite the right angle.

Hypotenuse

Facetious

Impeach

Orthography


3. Attended by favorable circumstances; propitious.

Orthography

Hubris

Auspicious

Obsequious


4. 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.

Gamete

Vortex

Photosynthesis

Enfranchise


5. Not limited to or associated with a particular religious denomination.

Enfranchise

Recapitulate

Nonsectarian

Bellicose


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