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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 respite from impending punishment, as from execution of a sentence of death.

Officials and administration supporters argue that programs designed to be short-lived reprieves had remained in place for years or even decades after the upheavals that first triggered them, in some cases shielding people who came illegally or overstayed visas.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, 03/19/2018

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. uncanny

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

An assemblage or display; a gathering, collection of people or things.

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

Strange or mysterious, esp. in an unsettling way

2. replenish

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

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

What something does or is used for.

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

3. kindle

Existing or occurring at the moment.

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

A mixture of various ingredients or elements.

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

4. bluff

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

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

To finish successfully

Anything that assures a certain outcome.

5. circumference

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

Natural ability to acquire knowledge or skill.

To recover, especially from an illness; to get better from an illness.

The act of exasperating or the state of being exasperated; irritation; keen or bitter anger.

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