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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 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 


Hindering from passage, action, or operation; to block or close up.

Klein was arrested Thursday in Virginia and faces charges including obstructing Congress and assaulting officers using a dangerous weapon.
The Tampa Bay Times, 03/08/2021

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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. replenish

A relationship of resemblance or equivalence between two situations, people, or objects,

A particular geographic region.

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

To refill; to renew; to supply again or to add a fresh quantity.

2. attentive

Paying attention; noticing, watching, listening, or attending closely.

To overpower; to subdue; to put down.

To run away with quick light steps, to scamper.

Flexible, liable to change.

3. clarify

Obvious or easy to notice.

To make clear; to free from obscurities; to brighten or illuminate.

Deduce or conclude (information) from evidence and reasoning rather than from explicit statements

The fervor or tireless devotion for a person, cause, or ideal and determination in its furtherance; diligent enthusiasm; powerful interest.

4. scarcity

To make sure or certain of something (usually some future event or condition).

An inadequate amount of something; a shortage

A process of compensation for losses.

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

5. unsightly

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

The act of inhabiting; state of inhabiting or dwelling, or of being inhabited; occupancy.

Brief, concise, to the point.

Displeasing to the eye

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