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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 


To penetrate to the truth of; comprehend; understand.

I can’t even fathom how hard it is to be a Chicago police officer in Chicago at this time.
The Chicago Tribune, 12/03/2018

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. Omnipotent

Having one’s true identity concealed.

Having unlimited or universal power, authority, or force; all-powerful.

The predominant influence, as of a state, region, or group, over another or others.

To certify or attest to (the validity of a signature on a document, for example) as a notary public.

2. Deciduous

Logical incongruity

Falling off or shed at a specific season or stage of growth:

Full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning.

Vanishing or likely to vanish like vapor.

3. Homogeneous

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.

Of the same or similar nature or kind

The science and technology of building electronic circuits and devices from single atoms and molecules.

A part, portion, or share.

4. Kowtow

A part, portion, or share.

Deception by trickery or sophistry.

Attended by favorable circumstances; propitious.

To show servile deference.

5. Totalitarian

To make an accusation against.

An extremely distant, and thus old, celestial object whose power output is several thousand times that of our entire galaxy.

The use of unnecessarily wordy and indirect language.

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

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