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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 

SMATTERING

DEFINITION:
A small, scattered amount or number.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
A smattering remain, but he still counts his shop among a handful left in the Bay Area.
The San Jose Mercury News, 06/27/2016

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. Natural ability to acquire knowledge or skill.

muster

aptitude

reflection

apprehensive


2. The smaller number or part, esp. a number that is less than half the whole number

classify

minority

element

foresight


3. Connection or association; the condition of being related.

area

oppose

relationship

deft


4. To move in a quick fashion.

bluff

misgivings

barricade

hasten


5. A large or dense group of insects, esp. flying ones.

swarm

similar

analogy

fragrance


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