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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. A feeling of contempt or scorn.

momentum

disdain

zeal

habitation


2. Explain the meaning of (information, words, or actions)

uncanny

construct

interpret

potential


3. Exceptional, conspicuous, outstanding, most usually in a negative fashion.

abolish

destination

engross

egregious


4. A small hill or mound.

knoll

restitution

tactic

malleable


5. To make happy, cheer up.

malleable

guarantee

exhilarate

significance


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This Week's Word In The News 

CARCINOGEN

DEFINITION:
Any substance or agent that tends to produce a cancer.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
The gases and vapors can include benzene, a carcinogen, as well as hydrocarbons like ethane, propane and butane.
The Denver Post, 05/18/2015