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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.

Words in the News Quiz
5 Elementary Words

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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 overpower; to subdue; to put down.

meander

debris

cunning

quell


2. Anything that assures a certain outcome.

guarantee

waver

eavesdrop

disdain


3. Quick and neat in action; skillful.

deft

hasten

contributions

majority


4. Paying attention; noticing, watching, listening, or attending closely.

attentive

relationship

jostle

aplomb


5. Anything that may be possible; a possibility

contortion

potential

restitution

detail


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This Week's Word In The News 

MOMENTOUS

DEFINITION:
Of utmost importance; of outstanding significance or consequence.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Like legions of hyperactive butlers, many of the brainy gadgets being developed for the Internet of Things will anticipate our needs and make choices for us -- without being told what to do -- marking a momentous transformation in our relationship with machines.
San Jose Mercury News, 01/19/2015