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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 bizarre or ridiculously out-of-the-ordinary. Very odd, strange, or peculiar; fantastic.

At first, the question about the scam, as it was posed to Healy earlier this month, seemed too outlandish to be true.
The San Francisco Chronicle, 10/21/2019

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. influence

The power to affect, control or manipulate something or someone; the ability to change the development of fluctuating things such as conduct, thoughts or decisions.

Dark or dreary in character; joyless, and grim.

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

Examine methodically and in detail the constitution or structure of something, esp. information.

2. ensure

To clarify or make something understandable

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

A large or dense group of insects, esp. flying ones.

A glowing piece of coal or wood.

3. various

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

The smaller number or part, esp. a number that is less than half the whole number

Different from one another; of different kinds or sorts

Speech or language that is incomprehensible or unintelligible; gibberish.

4. ominous

Capable of doing many things competently

To completely engage the attention of.

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

Sly; crafty; clever in surreptitious behaviour.

5. circumference

Of a central nature, first and foremost

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

To waver or be unsteady.

A process of compensation for losses.

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