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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 

BORNE

DEFINITION:
Carried or transported or transmitted by the thing specified.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
The Boston Public Health Commission is warning of a dangerous rat-borne disease that puts the homeless at “high risk” as the rodent population and encampments boom side by side in Mass and Cass.
The Boston Herald, 10/18/2021

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. precipice

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

The brink of a dangerous situation.

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

A movement or series of moves requiring skill and care


2. quell

Timid, fearful, overly cautious

To overpower; to subdue; to put down.

Approaching; drawing near; about to happen

In order of time from the earliest to the latest


3. pristine

Unspoiled; still with its original purity; uncorrupted or unsullied

Hidden, secret

Something small enough to escape casual notice.

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.


4. aptitude

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.

To cause to take physical form, or to cause an object to appear.

Natural ability to acquire knowledge or skill.

A great amount or number, often of people.


5. somber

An individual step, or stage, in any process or scale of values.

Open resistance; bold disobedience.

An attempt to deceive someone into believing that one can or will do something.

Dark or dreary in character; joyless, and grim.


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