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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 


The act or process of decreasing: a reduction or curtailment

Denver epitomizes this diminishment of nature in the city, a trend worldwide with 55 percent of humanity living in urban areas and a projected 2.5 billion more people on the way by 2050.
The Denver Post, 01/14/2019

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. uncanny

Quick and neat in action; skillful.

Strange or mysterious, esp. in an unsettling way

Obvious or easy to notice.

Sly; crafty; clever in surreptitious behaviour.

2. unsightly

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

Displeasing to the eye

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

An inadequate amount of something; a shortage

3. meander

To follow a winding course

A long flat-topped fixture in a store or bank across which business is conducted with customers.

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

To make something by merging parts.

4. repugnant

Offensive or repulsive; arousing disgust or aversion

Make an idea, impression, or feeling known or understandable to someone.

Tending to socialize or be social; friendly; inviting; congenial.

The place set for the end of a journey, or to which something is sent; place or point aimed at.

5. document

To start (a fire) or light (a torch).

A piece of written, printed, or electronic matter that provides information or evidence or that serves as an official record.

A particular geographic region.

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

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