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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 


Of, relating to, or characteristic of an inauguration. The ceremonial induction into a position.

But the name apparently strikes too close to home for inaugural organizers.
The Denver Post, 01/16/2017

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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. topic

A barrier constructed across a road, especially as a military defense.

Subject; theme; a category or general area of interest.

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

Watchful, especially for danger or disorder; alert; wary

2. swarm

To build or form something by assembling parts.

Scattered fragments, typically of something wrecked or destroyed

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

Offensive or repulsive; arousing disgust or aversion

3. document

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

Explain the meaning of (information, words, or actions)

Natural ability to acquire knowledge or skill.

A piece of written, printed, or electronic matter that provides information or evidence or that serves as an official record.

4. cause

Representation of a concept through symbols or underlying meanings of objects or qualities.

The place set for the end of a journey, or to which something is sent; place or point aimed at.

Connection or association; the condition of being related.

The source or reason of an event or action

5. counter

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

A long flat-topped fixture in a store or bank across which business is conducted with customers.

What something does or is used for.

A great amount or number, often of people.

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