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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 


Of, relating to, or financially supported by one or more church parishes. Of or relating to parochial schools.

He’s also learned what to do in the event that an armed intruder shows up at the North Center parochial school, which recently spent nearly $90,000 on a security system designed to quickly notify police if an active shooter is on church or school premises.
The Chicago Tribune, 09/17/2018

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. Jejune

Characterized by forcefulness of expression or intensity of emotion or conviction; fervid.

The iron-containing respiratory pigment in red blood cells of vertebrates.

A circular strand of DNA in bacteria that contains the hereditary information necessary for cell life.

Not interesting; dull:

2. Oligarchy

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

A plane curve formed by the intersection of a right circular cone and a plane parallel to an element of the cone.

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.

A product of disintegration, destruction, or wearing away; debris.

3. Equinox

A product of disintegration, destruction, or wearing away; debris.

To impress (something) upon the mind of another by frequent instruction or repetition; instill.

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

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

4. Subjugate

To bring under control; conquer.

A part, portion, or share.

Feeling or showing haughty disdain.

Lacking purpose or vitality; feeble or ineffective.

5. Vacuous

Lacking social polish; tactless.

Lacking serious purpose or occupation; idle.

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

To weaken or destroy the strength or vitality of.

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