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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 


Causing or involving great fear or suffering; dreadful; terrible.

As insulin prices have soared, some people have been forced to pursue alternatives such as seeking options from other countries, lower-quality products or rationing their supply of insulin, which can have dire consequences.
The Chicago Tribune, 01/27/2020

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. translucent

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

Allowing light to pass through but diffusing it

To bump into or brush against while in motion.

To make something by merging parts.

2. attentive

To make something by merging parts.

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

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

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

3. specimen

Approaching; drawing near; about to happen

Natural ability to acquire knowledge or skill.

An individual instance that represents a class; an example.

Existing or occurring at the moment.

4. source

To attempt to stop the progression of.

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

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

To run away with quick light steps, to scamper.

5. effect

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

The result or outcome of a cause.

Different from one another; of different kinds or sorts

To gain, usually by one's own exertions; to get as one's own.

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