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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 


A principle or belief honored by a person or, more often, a group of people.

Bloomberg’s plan focuses on five basic tenets: requiring more effective background checks, keeping guns out of the wrong hands, banning assault weapons, spending more on enforcement of gun laws and violence intervention programs, and repealing the 2005 law that granted broad legal immunity to gun manufacturers whose products are used in a shooting.
The Denver Post, 12/09/2019

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. reduce

To attempt to stop the progression of.

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

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

Firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition

2. value

Deduce or conclude (information) from evidence and reasoning rather than from explicit statements

The energy and strength for continuing to do something over a long period of time ; power of sustained exertion, or resistance to hardship, illness etc.

To influence or alter.

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

3. precipice

A movement or series of moves requiring skill and care

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

The brink of a dangerous situation.

An assemblage or display; a gathering, collection of people or things.

4. jabber

What something does or is used for.

Flexible, liable to change.

To talk rapidly, indistinctly, or unintelligibly; to utter gibberish or nonsense.

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

5. aplomb

Self-confidence; poise; composure.

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

In order of time from the earliest to the latest

Something small enough to escape casual notice.

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