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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. To clarify or make something understandable

abolish

uncanny

illuminate

egregious


2. The rate of occurrence of anything; the relationship between incidence and time period.

construct

defiance

aptitude

frequency


3. More than half (50%) of some group

effect

clarify

majority

obstacles


4. The energy and strength for continuing to do something over a long period of time ; power of sustained exertion, or resistance to hardship, illness etc.

swarm

serenity

headway

stamina


5. Offensive or repulsive; arousing disgust or aversion

pertinent

cunning

repugnant

barricade


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This Week's Word In The News 

COLIFORM

DEFINITION:
Relating to a rod-shaped bacteria normally present in the intestine

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Company officials said tests indicate that water in the affected area has E. coli and total coliform, bacteria that can make people sick.
The San Jose Mercury News, 07/27/2015