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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

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. Anticipating something with anxiety or fear.

waft

obstacles

except

apprehensive


2. The line that bounds a circle or other two-dimensional figure.

gusto

function

versatile

circumference


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

waver

jabber

barricade

brandish


4. To refill; to renew; to supply again or to add a fresh quantity.

misgivings

uncanny

subside

replenish


5. Sly; crafty; clever in surreptitious behaviour.

majority

recluse

cunning

persistent


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This Week's Word In The News 

ROBUST

DEFINITION:
Requiring or characterized by much strength or energy.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
This vaccine differs from other Ebola vaccines in development because, as an inactivated whole virus vaccine, it can prime the host immune system with the complete range of Ebola viral proteins and genes, which makes it more likely to trigger a robust immune response, according to a news release from UW-Madison.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 03/30/2015