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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 usually large farm or estate, especially in a tropical or semitropical country, on which cotton, tobacco, coffee, sugar cane, or the like is cultivated, usually by resident laborers.

Frederick D. Haynes III, the senior pastor of Friendship-West Baptist Church, held a news conference outside of the Dallas police headquarters last month to accuse Jones of "plantation politics."
The Dallas Morning News, 11/20/2017

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. symbolism

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

Flexible, liable to change.

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

Representation of a concept through symbols or underlying meanings of objects or qualities.

2. economy

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.

A particular geographic region.

The system of production and distribution and consumption.

Exhibiting guilty or evasive secrecy.

3. affect

To influence or alter.

Approaching; drawing near; about to happen

More or most likely to be exposed to the chance of being attacked or harmed, either physically or emotionally.

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

4. precipice

To finish successfully

The brink of a dangerous situation.

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

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

5. apprehensive

Anticipating something with anxiety or fear.

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

To notice or view, especially carefully or with attention to detail.

A small hill or mound.

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