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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 lies outside the main body or group that it is a part of. Someone who stands apart from others of his or her group, as by differing behavior or beliefs.

Shepard Smith, whose newscast on Fox News Channel seemed increasingly an outlier on a network dominated by supporters of President Trump, says he is leaving the network.
The Boston Globe, 10/14/2019

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. Thermodynamics

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

A form of government in which the political authority exercises absolute and centralized control over all aspects of life,

Deception by trickery or sophistry.

Vacuously, smugly, and unconsciously foolish.

2. Gerrymander

To divide (a geographic area) into voting districts so as to give unfair advantage to one party in elections.

A factor that determines a range of variations; a boundary

Overbearing pride or presumption; arrogance.

To repeat in concise form. To make a summary.

3. Ziggurat

To repeat in concise form. To make a summary.

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

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

Vanishing or likely to vanish like vapor.

4. Antebellum

The act or process of inhaling and exhaling; breathing.

A person unduly fearful or contemptuous of that which is foreign, especially of strangers or foreign peoples.

A set of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices that constitutes a way of viewing reality

Belonging to the period before a war, especially the American Civil War.

5. Tautology

Having one’s true identity concealed.

Having a bad disposition; surly.

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

To insert or introduce between other elements or parts.

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