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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. To make sure or certain of something (usually some future event or condition).

deft

meticulous

ensure

barricade


2. Progress toward a goal.

headway

persistent

chronological

emerge


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

abolish

waver

various

analyze


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

adversary

contortion

current

swagger


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

swagger

momentum

commotion

minority


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This Week's Word In The News 

IMPISH

DEFINITION:
Resembling an imp; mischievous.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Cocking her head with an impish grin, 6-year-old Francisca Ajtum gives her holiday voice a spin at home in Florida City.
The Miami Herald, 12/15/2014