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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 respite from impending punishment, as from execution of a sentence of death.

Officials and administration supporters argue that programs designed to be short-lived reprieves had remained in place for years or even decades after the upheavals that first triggered them, in some cases shielding people who came illegally or overstayed visas.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, 03/19/2018

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. eavesdrop

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

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

Speech or language that is incomprehensible or unintelligible; gibberish.

Dependent on each other

2. attentive

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

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

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

To clarify or make something understandable

3. convey

Subject; theme; a category or general area of interest.

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

To come into view.

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

4. serenity

The state of being serene; calmness; peacefulness.

To make clear; to free from obscurities; to brighten or illuminate.

To drive away by scattering, or so to cause to vanish.

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

5. debris

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

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

Scattered fragments, typically of something wrecked or destroyed

Existing or occurring at the moment.

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