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Words in the News

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.
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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.

brackish

illuminate

reduce

counter


2. Anything that assures a certain outcome.

destination

guarantee

knoll

reference


3. Having an unvarying tone or pitch

reference

majority

muster

monotonous


4. Strange or mysterious, esp. in an unsettling way

analyze

scarcity

uncanny

sociable


5. Make an idea, impression, or feeling known or understandable to someone.

convey

egregious

degree

oppose


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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