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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 


A paved public walk, typically one along a waterfront at a resort.

Gunfire erupted Friday morning near the Third Street promenade in Santa Monica when a guard carrying money from an armored truck shot at a man armed with a knife who police say tried to rob him.
The Los Angeles Times, 08/19/2019

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. engross

Bizarre, strange

More than half (50%) of some group

Offensive or repulsive; arousing disgust or aversion

To completely engage the attention of.

2. jabber

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

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

Of a central nature, first and foremost

Dark or dreary in character; joyless, and grim.

3. interdependence

Dependent on each other

To set fire to (something), to light (something)

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

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

4. counter

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

To make something by merging parts.

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

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

5. scurry

To run away with quick light steps, to scamper.

Examine methodically and in detail the constitution or structure of something, esp. information.

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

Scattered fragments, typically of something wrecked or destroyed

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