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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 


To be an obstacle to; prevent the advancement or success of; thwart or stump.

“The continued growth in vehicle miles traveled combined with increases in the size and weight of vehicles have stymied progress.”
The Boston Herald, 05/23/2022

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. replenish

To cause to float easily or gently through the air

To refill; to renew; to supply again or to add a fresh quantity.

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

The brink of a dangerous situation.

2. brackish

Bizarre, strange

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

Offensive or repulsive; arousing disgust or aversion

Something small enough to escape casual notice.

3. attentive

Paying attention; noticing, watching, listening, or attending closely.

Self-confidence; poise; composure.

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.

Having an unvarying tone or pitch

4. debris

Scattered fragments, typically of something wrecked or destroyed

The power to affect, control or manipulate something or someone; the ability to change the development of fluctuating things such as conduct, thoughts or decisions.

Capable of doing many things competently

In order of time from the earliest to the latest

5. serenity

A barrier constructed across a road, especially as a military defense.

The state of being serene; calmness; peacefulness.

Emitting light; glowing brightly

The ability to foresee or prepare wisely for the future.

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