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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. Plasma

A marked change in appearance, character, condition, or function.

The clear, yellowish fluid portion of blood, lymph, or intramuscular fluid in which cells are suspended.

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

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

2. Enfranchise

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

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

A diligent, dependable worker.

The act or process of inhaling and exhaling; breathing.

3. Quotidian

Everyday; commonplace.

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

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

The art or study of correct spelling according to established usage.

4. Bellicose

The art or study of correct spelling according to established usage.

Not interesting; dull:

Warlike in manner or temperament; pugnacious.

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

5. Quasar

Of, relating to, or produced by motion.

Lacking or marked by a lack of self-confidence; shy and timid.

The lowest point

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

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