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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 


Of, relating to, or financially supported by one or more church parishes. Of or relating to parochial schools.

He’s also learned what to do in the event that an armed intruder shows up at the North Center parochial school, which recently spent nearly $90,000 on a security system designed to quickly notify police if an active shooter is on church or school premises.
The Chicago Tribune, 09/17/2018

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. value

The quality (positive or negative) that renders something desirable or valuable

What something does or is used for.

To relate a story or series of events by speech or writing.

Explain the meaning of (information, words, or actions)

2. illuminate

Explain the meaning of (information, words, or actions)

The place set for the end of a journey, or to which something is sent; place or point aimed at.

To clarify or make something understandable

The quantity of motion of a moving body; the impetus gained by a moving object

3. contortion

Timid, fearful, overly cautious

The ability to foresee or prepare wisely for the future.

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

The rate of occurrence of anything; the relationship between incidence and time period.

4. sabotage

A deliberate action aimed at weakening an enemy through subversion, obstruction, disruption, and/or destruction.

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

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.

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

5. cunning

Sly; crafty; clever in surreptitious behaviour.

To follow a winding course

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

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

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