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

function

jostle

minority

eavesdrop


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

analogy

attentive

translucent

similar


3. To bring down the size, quantity, value or intensity of something; to diminish, to lower, to impair.

reduce

pristine

exhilarate

reference


4. A large or dense group of insects, esp. flying ones.

clarify

swarm

sabotage

imperious


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

abolish

obstacles

various

aptitude


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This Week's Word In The News 

LEEWARD

DEFINITION:
On or toward the side to which the wind is blowing. Facing the direction toward which the wind is blowing.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Early Saturday, Danny’s winds slightly weakened to 100 mph as it moved west north-westward about 800 miles east of the leeward Islands.
The Miami Herald, 08/24/2015