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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.
This Week's Word In The News 


Pretended; sham; counterfeit.

One Twitter user said, ‘‘After the terrible events #lastnightinSweden, IKEA have sold out of this’’ and posted a mock Ikea instruction manual on how to build a ‘‘Border Wall.’’
The Boston Globe, 02/20/2017

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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. adversary

Specifically, giving indication of a coming ill; being an evil omen

An opponent or rival.

What something does or is used for.

To make clear; to free from obscurities; to brighten or illuminate.

2. kindle

To overpower; to subdue; to put down.

More or most likely to be exposed to the chance of being attacked or harmed, either physically or emotionally.

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

The system of production and distribution and consumption.

3. diminish

To make smaller.

Natural ability to acquire knowledge or skill.

Dark or dreary in character; joyless, and grim.

The fervor or tireless devotion for a person, cause, or ideal and determination in its furtherance; diligent enthusiasm; powerful interest.

4. waver

To sway back and forth; to totter or reel.

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

Strange or mysterious, esp. in an unsettling way

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

5. reflection

Strange or mysterious, esp. in an unsettling way

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

An attempt to deceive someone into believing that one can or will do something.

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

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