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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 


Something that changes in character gradually or in very slight stages without any clear dividing points.

Instead, climate breakdown exists on a continuum where every 10th of a degree of additional heating means more death and suffering.
The Los Angeles Times, 09/16/2019

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. foresight

The ability to foresee or prepare wisely for the future.

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

To bump into or brush against while in motion.

To sway back and forth; to totter or reel.

2. debris

To exclude; to specify as being an exception.

Scattered fragments, typically of something wrecked or destroyed

To hear a conversation one is not intended to hear; to listen in.

The result or outcome of a cause.

3. knoll

The quantity of motion of a moving body; the impetus gained by a moving object

A process of compensation for losses.

A small hill or mound.

To overpower; to subdue; to put down.

4. ominous

To attempt to stop the progression of.

Anticipating something with anxiety or fear.

A form of acrobatic display which involves the dramatic bending and flexing of the human body.

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

5. weather

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

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

The short term state of the atmosphere at a specific time and place, including the temperature, humidity, cloud cover, precipitation, wind, etc.

To gain, usually by one's own exertions; to get as one's own.

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