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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 bizarre or ridiculously out-of-the-ordinary. Very odd, strange, or peculiar; fantastic.

At first, the question about the scam, as it was posed to Healy earlier this month, seemed too outlandish to be true.
The San Francisco Chronicle, 10/21/2019

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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. infer

Having traits or characteristics in common; alike, comparable.

To completely engage the attention of.

The brink of a dangerous situation.

Deduce or conclude (information) from evidence and reasoning rather than from explicit statements

2. ominous

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

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

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

Specifically, giving indication of a coming ill; being an evil omen

3. falter

To waver or be unsteady.

In order of time from the earliest to the latest

A relationship of resemblance or equivalence between two situations, people, or objects,

Dark, faint or indistinct.

4. fragrance

A pleasant smell or odour.

Offensive or repulsive; arousing disgust or aversion

What something does or is used for.

Unspoiled; still with its original purity; uncorrupted or unsullied

5. momentum

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

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

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.

The line that bounds a circle or other two-dimensional figure.

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