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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 


Something that changes in character gradually or in very slight stages without any clear dividing points.

Instead, climate breakdown exists on a continuum where every 10th of a degree of additional heating means more death and suffering.
The Los Angeles Times, 09/16/2019

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. minority

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

To cause to float easily or gently through the air

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

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

2. attentive

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

Important with regards to (a subject or matter); relevant

What something does or is used for.

A movement or series of moves requiring skill and care

3. brandish

To move or swing a weapon back and forth, particularly if demonstrating skill.

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

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

To make smaller.

4. value

To make smaller.

Allowing light to pass through but diffusing it

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

Speech or language that is incomprehensible or unintelligible; gibberish.

5. cause

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

Unspoiled; still with its original purity; uncorrupted or unsullied

The source or reason of an event or action

An inadequate amount of something; a shortage

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