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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 natural or artificial place where water is collected and stored for use, especially water for supplying a community, irrigating land, furnishing power, etc.

The Colorado River is so strained amid population growth and a climate shift to hotter, drier conditions that federal water managers may declare an unprecedented “shortage” and cut releases from reservoirs.
The Denver Post, 08/20/2018

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. replenish

Of a central nature, first and foremost

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

To set fire to (something), to light (something)

To refill; to renew; to supply again or to add a fresh quantity.

2. outlandish

A state of confused and noisy disturbance

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

Something that impedes, stands in the way of, or holds up progress

Bizarre, strange

3. jostle

A process of compensation for losses.

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

To bump into or brush against while in motion.

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

4. ember

A glowing piece of coal or wood.

The rate of occurrence of anything; the relationship between incidence and time period.

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

Existing or occurring at the moment.

5. ensure

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

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

Connection or association; the condition of being related.

To build or form something by assembling parts.

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