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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 bring down the size, quantity, value or intensity of something; to diminish, to lower, to impair.

fragrance

reduce

attentive

brandish


2. In order of time from the earliest to the latest

chronological

source

relationship

serenity


3. Timid, fearful, overly cautious

serenity

frequency

meticulous

ember


4. Dark, faint or indistinct.

infer

outlandish

versatile

obscure


5. The fervor or tireless devotion for a person, cause, or ideal and determination in its furtherance; diligent enthusiasm; powerful interest.

zeal

aplomb

circumference

observe


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This Week's Word In The News 

INSIDIOUS

DEFINITION:
Causing harm in a way that is gradual or not easily noticed.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
U.S. Attorney Wifredo Ferrer said the Higher One scam was “further evidence of the insidious and widespread nature” of stolen IDs and tax-refund fraud in South Florida.
The Miami Herald, 05/25/2015