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Words in the News

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 


Something exceptionally big or remarkable.

Minneapolis officials served Burger King a whopper of their own this week, rejecting applications to reopen two of its locations because of a citywide ban on new drive-through businesses.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, 12/16/2019

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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. stamina

Brief, concise, to the point.

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.

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

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

2. establish

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

Explain the meaning of (information, words, or actions)

To move or swing a weapon back and forth, particularly if demonstrating skill.

To make stable or firm; to confirm.

3. specimen

To relate a story or series of events by speech or writing.

To end, to come to an end.

An individual instance that represents a class; an example.

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

4. materialize

Dark or dreary in character; joyless, and grim.

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

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

To cause to take physical form, or to cause an object to appear.

5. clarify

Having traits or characteristics in common; alike, comparable.

Allowing light to pass through but diffusing it

To run away with quick light steps, to scamper.

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

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