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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 phrase important to comprehension or expression. Students are then asked to find the words within the newspaper and copy the sentence for context to its overall meaning or function in a sentence.
This Week's Word In The News 


Deeply or utterly confused or perplexed.

Even the agency’s top official is bewildered by how Piney Point was ever allowed to become a dump site run by an inexperienced private company.
The Tampa Bay Times, 04/19/2021

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. outlandish

Hidden, secret

Dark or dreary in character; joyless, and grim.

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

Bizarre, strange

2. chronological

The place set for the end of a journey, or to which something is sent; place or point aimed at.

In order of time from the earliest to the latest

One of the simplest or essential parts or principles of which anything consists, or upon which the constitution or fundamental powers of anything are based.

Anything that may be possible; a possibility

3. persistent

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

To sink or fall to the bottom; to settle

An individual step, or stage, in any process or scale of values.

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

4. symbolism

Doubt, apprehension, a feeling of dread

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

A measurement one can compare to.

A process by which a task is completed; a way of doing something.

5. document

Strange or mysterious, esp. in an unsettling way

Exhibiting guilty or evasive secrecy.

A piece of written, printed, or electronic matter that provides information or evidence or that serves as an official record.

Exceptional, conspicuous, outstanding, most usually in a negative fashion.

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