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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 


Characterized by fairness; just and right; impartial; unbiased.

The plan “is designed to provide an equitable distribution across the state with priority access going to our most vulnerable populations, front-line health care workers and first responders who directly interact with and treat COVID patients, as well as staff and residents in long-term care facilities," Pritzker said during his daily coronavirus news briefing.
The Chicago Tribune, 10/26/2020

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. meander

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

More than half (50%) of some group

Existing or occurring at the moment.

To follow a winding course

2. uncanny

The act of inhabiting; state of inhabiting or dwelling, or of being inhabited; occupancy.

To hear a conversation one is not intended to hear; to listen in.

Strange or mysterious, esp. in an unsettling way

To notice or view, especially carefully or with attention to detail.

3. influence

Something that impedes, stands in the way of, or holds up progress

Assuming power or authority without justification; arrogant and domineering

The smaller number or part, esp. a number that is less than half the whole number

The power to affect, control or manipulate something or someone; the ability to change the development of fluctuating things such as conduct, thoughts or decisions.

4. brackish

The result or outcome of a cause.

Speech or language that is incomprehensible or unintelligible; gibberish.

Exhibiting guilty or evasive secrecy.

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

5. materialize

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

To overpower; to subdue; to put down.

Having traits or characteristics in common; alike, comparable.

Specifically, giving indication of a coming ill; being an evil omen

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