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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.

Words in the News Quiz
5 Elementary 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. Disappointingly inadequate; gloomy and bleak.

clarify

interdependence

dismal

scarcity


2. Formally put an end to (a system, practice, or institution)

obstacles

abolish

debris

affect


3. To finish successfully

affect

somber

ominous

accomplish


4. A particular geographic region.

grueling

tactic

attentive

area


5. A piece of written, printed, or electronic matter that provides information or evidence or that serves as an official record.

document

analogy

banish

repugnant


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This Week's Word In The News 

DYSFUNCTIONAL 

DEFINITION:
Abnormal or impaired functioning, especially of a bodily system or social group.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Here’s the genesis of gridlock and dysfunctional government: A trio of Republican candidates for the state House has delivered a manifesto demanding no compromise or consensus building with Democrats in the next term.
The Detroit News, 09/29/2014