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

persistent

banish

frequency

falter


2. Having an unvarying tone or pitch

cause

imperious

contortion

monotonous


3. A feeling of contempt or scorn.

method

symbolism

outlandish

disdain


4. To move or swing a weapon back and forth, particularly if demonstrating skill.

function

contributions

brandish

materialize


5. The quality (positive or negative) that renders something desirable or valuable

uncanny

quell

current

value


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This Week's Word In The News 

POSTHUMOUS

DEFINITION:
Occurring or continuing after one's death

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
By favoring personal privacy over a family's wishes, the companies hope to appeal to the unspoken will of their users while also lessening the bureaucratic hassle of complying with millions of posthumous requests.
The San Jose Mercury News, 08/31/2015