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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 


Extremely dry because of hot weather or drought.

Patches of parched landscape have caused once-green golf courses to close and limited golf cart use, the Greeley Tribune reported.
The Denver Post, 02/18/2019

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. degree

Dark, faint or indistinct.

Scattered fragments, typically of something wrecked or destroyed

An individual step, or stage, in any process or scale of values.

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

2. kindle

A process of compensation for losses.

To make stable or firm; to confirm.

Of a central nature, first and foremost

To start (a fire) or light (a torch).

3. sociable

Disappointingly inadequate; gloomy and bleak.

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

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

To exclude; to specify as being an exception.

4. barricade

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

Flexible, liable to change.

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

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.

5. jostle

To bump into or brush against while in motion.

Capable of doing many things competently

A form of acrobatic display which involves the dramatic bending and flexing of the human body.

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

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