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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.

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

construct

weather

kindle

imperious


2. To sway back and forth; to totter or reel.

degree

waver

dispel

value


3. Exhibiting guilty or evasive secrecy.

value

obscure

waft

furtive


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

clarify

effect

significance

impending


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

significance

impending

reference

minority


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This Week's Word In The News 

CONSORTIUM

DEFINITION:
A group of people, companies or organizations that agree to work together for a common purpose.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
The Colorado State Board of Education has joined a movement advocating the state pull out of a multi-state testing consortium called — pardon the clumsy title — the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC.
The Denver Post , 04/14/2014