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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. pertinent

Facts or observations presented in support of an assertion.

The throwing back by a body or surface of light, heat, or sound without absorbing it

Important with regards to (a subject or matter); relevant

The power to affect, control or manipulate something or someone; the ability to change the development of fluctuating things such as conduct, thoughts or decisions.

2. kindle

The rate of occurrence of anything; the relationship between incidence and time period.

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

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

The result or outcome of a cause.

3. dispel

A process of compensation for losses.

A measurement one can compare to.

Dark, faint or indistinct.

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

4. significance

The person, place or thing from which something (information, goods, etc.) comes or is acquired.

The extent to which something matters; importance

To sway back and forth; to totter or reel.

Hidden, secret

5. luminous

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

Emitting light; glowing brightly

Having traits or characteristics in common; alike, comparable.

Deduce or conclude (information) from evidence and reasoning rather than from explicit statements

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This Week's Word In The News 


An opening, tear, or rupture. A violation or infraction.

Massive data breaches at retailers like Home Depot and Target are finally pushing credit card issuers to adopt the technology known as “chip and PIN” which is much more secure than the magnetic swipe strips used in the United States.
The Boston Globe, 04/20/2015