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Words in the News

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 

AMPLIFY

DEFINITION:
To make larger or more powerful; increase. To exaggerate.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
TALLAHASSEE Some school choice advocates in South Florida are going so far as to offer incentives to parents in order to amplify the perception of public support for a controversial K-12 public schools bill that many are clamoring for Gov. Rick Scott to veto.
The Miami Herald, 05/22/2017

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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. classify

To clarify or make something understandable

To identify by or divide into classes; to categorize.

What something does or is used for.

Tending to socialize or be social; friendly; inviting; congenial.


2. impending

To set fire to (something), to light (something)

Timid, fearful, overly cautious

Approaching; drawing near; about to happen

To run away with quick light steps, to scamper.


3. habitation

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

An opponent or rival.

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

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


4. grueling

So difficult or taxing as to make one exhausted; backbreaking.

To drive away by scattering, or so to cause to vanish.

To cause to float easily or gently through the air

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


5. recuperate

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

Assuming power or authority without justification; arrogant and domineering

To recover, especially from an illness; to get better from an illness.

Formally put an end to (a system, practice, or institution)


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