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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 


Something that changes in character gradually or in very slight stages without any clear dividing points.

Instead, climate breakdown exists on a continuum where every 10th of a degree of additional heating means more death and suffering.
The Los Angeles Times, 09/16/2019

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. jut

The brink of a dangerous situation.

Tending to socialize or be social; friendly; inviting; congenial.

To stick out

To waver or be unsteady.

2. furtive

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

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

Speech or language that is incomprehensible or unintelligible; gibberish.

Exhibiting guilty or evasive secrecy.

3. document

Assuming power or authority without justification; arrogant and domineering

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.

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

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

4. source

The person, place or thing from which something (information, goods, etc.) comes or is acquired.

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

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

Displeasing to the eye

5. observe

To notice or view, especially carefully or with attention to detail.

To completely engage the attention of.

Subject; theme; a category or general area of interest.

Capable of doing many things competently

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