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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.
This Week's Word In The News 

CHAPARRAL

DEFINITION:
An area covered by a dense growth of mostly small-leaved evergreen shrubs.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
The fire, burning mostly through timber, heavy logging slash and chaparral, was first reported on July 8.
The Denver Post, 07/18/2016

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. Doubt, apprehension, a feeling of dread

sociable

apprehensive

reduce

misgivings


2. Bizarre, strange

outlandish

clarify

recluse

frequency


3. A form of acrobatic display which involves the dramatic bending and flexing of the human body.

recluse

frequency

jut

contortion


4. A movement or series of moves requiring skill and care

brandish

reference

tactic

dispel


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

uncanny

persistent

emerge

compromise


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