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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 sway back and forth; to totter or reel.

topic

waver

habitation

value


2. A mixture of various ingredients or elements.

concoction

compromise

dismal

impact


3. A gift or payment to a common fund or collection.

eavesdrop

contributions

defiance

majority


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

serenity

replenish

stamina

reduce


5. Specifically, giving indication of a coming ill; being an evil omen

reduce

method

ominous

cunning


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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