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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 


Antibiotics are medicines that treat infections by killing bacteria. Antibiotic resistance is when bacteria get used to an antibiotic and no longer respond to it.

McDonald’s on Tuesday announced steps to reduce the use of antibiotics in its global beef supply, a major commitment from the nation’s largest beef purchaser to address concerns about a rise in drug-resistant infections.
The Chicago Tribune, 12/17/2018

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. circumference

The quality (positive or negative) that renders something desirable or valuable

The line that bounds a circle or other two-dimensional figure.

To build or form something by assembling parts.

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

2. dismal

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

The source or reason of an event or action

Dark or dreary in character; joyless, and grim.

Disappointingly inadequate; gloomy and bleak.

3. concoction

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

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

Assuming power or authority without justification; arrogant and domineering

A mixture of various ingredients or elements.

4. momentum

To recover, especially from an illness; to get better from an illness.

Bizarre, strange

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

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

5. attentive

To stick out

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

Formally put an end to (a system, practice, or institution)

A barrier constructed across a road, especially as a military defense.

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