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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 phrase important to comprehension or expression. Students are then asked to find the words within the newspaper and copy the sentence for context to its overall meaning or function in a sentence.
This Week's Word In The News 


A state of disrepair or ruin as a result of age or neglect.

Before the shooting on Monday, 35 people worked at the California Terra Garden and some of them lived in a collection of dilapidated trailers and make-shift homes, where they paid $300 a month in rent, according to a company spokesperson.
The San Jose Mercury News, 01/30/2023

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. specimen

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

An individual instance that represents a class; an example.

To bring down the size, quantity, value or intensity of something; to diminish, to lower, to impair.

An inadequate amount of something; a shortage

2. translucent

Allowing light to pass through but diffusing it

The line that bounds a circle or other two-dimensional figure.

The power to affect, control or manipulate something or someone; the ability to change the development of fluctuating things such as conduct, thoughts or decisions.

The extent to which something matters; importance

3. aptitude

Salty or slightly salty, as a mixture of fresh and sea water, such as that found in estuaries

Natural ability to acquire knowledge or skill.

To clarify or make something understandable

The force or energy of a collision of two objects.

4. gusto

To make stable or firm; to confirm.

Enthusiasm; enjoyment, vigor

Subject; theme; a category or general area of interest.

To stick out

5. frequency

Watchful, especially for danger or disorder; alert; wary

To make something by merging parts.

The rate of occurrence of anything; the relationship between incidence and time period.

The throwing back by a body or surface of light, heat, or sound without absorbing it

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