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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 capsule is a structure that contains something else, such as medicine. A space capsule is a spacecraft that uses a blunt-body vehicle to reenter the Earth's atmosphere without wings.

It’s taken six years to forge SpaceX and NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, and on Sunday at 2:48 p.m., a capsule containing astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley splashed down off the coast of Pensacola.
The Chicago Tribune, 08/03/2020

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. dismal

Disappointingly inadequate; gloomy and bleak.

Make an idea, impression, or feeling known or understandable to someone.

To make clear; to free from obscurities; to brighten or illuminate.

Exceptional, conspicuous, outstanding, most usually in a negative fashion.

2. weather

Exceptional, conspicuous, outstanding, most usually in a negative fashion.

Natural ability to acquire knowledge or skill.

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

Existing or occurring at the moment.

3. reflection

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

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

Assuming power or authority without justification; arrogant and domineering

The system of production and distribution and consumption.

4. restitution

A process of compensation for losses.

To cause to take physical form, or to cause an object to appear.

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

To make something by merging parts.

5. outlandish

Bizarre, strange

To sink or fall to the bottom; to settle

To send someone away and forbid that person from returning.

What something does or is used for.

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