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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 


Causing or involving great fear or suffering; dreadful; terrible.

As insulin prices have soared, some people have been forced to pursue alternatives such as seeking options from other countries, lower-quality products or rationing their supply of insulin, which can have dire consequences.
The Chicago Tribune, 01/27/2020

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. persistent

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

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

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

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

2. jabber

Watchful, especially for danger or disorder; alert; wary

The act of inhabiting; state of inhabiting or dwelling, or of being inhabited; occupancy.

To talk rapidly, indistinctly, or unintelligibly; to utter gibberish or nonsense.

Dark, faint or indistinct.

3. brackish

Important with regards to (a subject or matter); relevant

A state of confused and noisy disturbance

Salty or slightly salty, as a mixture of fresh and sea water, such as that found in estuaries

To make stable or firm; to confirm.

4. swarm

The extent to which something matters; importance

To sink or fall to the bottom; to settle

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

A process of compensation for losses.

5. momentum

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

Strange or mysterious, esp. in an unsettling way

Different from one another; of different kinds or sorts

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

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