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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 

DIRE

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

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
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. affect

To influence or alter.

The throwing back by a body or surface of light, heat, or sound without absorbing it

Timid, fearful, overly cautious

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.


2. potential

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.

Emitting light; glowing brightly

Anything that may be possible; a possibility

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


3. exhilarate

An inadequate amount of something; a shortage

Anything that assures a certain outcome.

Strange or mysterious, esp. in an unsettling way

To make happy, cheer up.


4. aptitude

So difficult or taxing as to make one exhausted; backbreaking.

The result or outcome of a cause.

Natural ability to acquire knowledge or skill.

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


5. banish

The ability to foresee or prepare wisely for the future.

To send someone away and forbid that person from returning.

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

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


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