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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. A deliberate action aimed at weakening an enemy through subversion, obstruction, disruption, and/or destruction.

affect

defiance

aplomb

sabotage


2. The source or reason of an event or action

replenish

jabber

persistent

cause


3. Disappointingly inadequate; gloomy and bleak.

restitution

attentive

dismal

apprehensive


4. To bump into or brush against while in motion.

ensure

jostle

ominous

materialize


5. A form of acrobatic display which involves the dramatic bending and flexing of the human body.

cunning

contortion

gusto

egregious


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This Week's Word In The News 

ROBUST

DEFINITION:
Requiring or characterized by much strength or energy.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
This vaccine differs from other Ebola vaccines in development because, as an inactivated whole virus vaccine, it can prime the host immune system with the complete range of Ebola viral proteins and genes, which makes it more likely to trigger a robust immune response, according to a news release from UW-Madison.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 03/30/2015