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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 

PILFER

DEFINITION:
To steal without detection, especially in small quantities.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Thieves are pilfering railroad cars in a crime that harks back to the days of horseback-riding bandits, but is fueled by a host of modern realities, including the rise of e-commerce and Southern California’s role as a hub for the movement of goods.
The Los Angeles Times, 01/17/2022

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. somber

A deliberate action aimed at weakening an enemy through subversion, obstruction, disruption, and/or destruction.

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

To stick out

Dark or dreary in character; joyless, and grim.


2. repugnant

More than half (50%) of some group

Offensive or repulsive; arousing disgust or aversion

Brief, concise, to the point.

One of the simplest or essential parts or principles of which anything consists, or upon which the constitution or fundamental powers of anything are based.


3. illuminate

The result or outcome of a cause.

Open resistance; bold disobedience.

To clarify or make something understandable

The person, place or thing from which something (information, goods, etc.) comes or is acquired.


4. unsightly

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

The act of exasperating or the state of being exasperated; irritation; keen or bitter anger.

To identify by or divide into classes; to categorize.

Displeasing to the eye


5. zeal

Bizarre, strange

To move or swing a weapon back and forth, particularly if demonstrating skill.

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

To exclude; to specify as being an exception.


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