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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 finish successfully

accomplish

cunning

restitution

jabber


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

contortion

subside

clarify

infer


3. Having an unvarying tone or pitch

clarify

infer

frequency

monotonous


4. Open resistance; bold disobedience.

uncanny

defiance

contributions

stamina


5. The state of being serene; calmness; peacefulness.

serenity

except

jostle

muster


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This Week's Word In The News 

SPAWNING

DEFINITION:
To deposit the eggs of aquatic animals such as bivalve mollusks, fishes, and amphibians. To produce offspring in large numbers.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
More than a decade ago, researchers began noticing adult coho dying before spawning in urban creeks in Seattle.
The Denver Post, 11/17/2014