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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.
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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. An opponent or rival.

jut

waver

defiance

adversary


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

contortion

recuperate

exasperation

chronological


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

exasperation

chronological

headway

kindle


4. A pleasant smell or odour.

compromise

disdain

fragrance

element


5. The energy and strength for continuing to do something over a long period of time ; power of sustained exertion, or resistance to hardship, illness etc.

brackish

ominous

stamina

analogy


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This Week's Word In The News 

DEFAMATORY

DEFINITION:
Injurious to someone's name or reputation.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
In an equally unusual turn, prosecutors fired back by calling Walker's comments inaccurate, offensive and defamatory — with Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm suggesting Walker could be criminally charged for lying.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 04/27/2015