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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.
This Week's Word In The News 

GRIDLOCK

DEFINITION:
A traffic jam in which no vehicular movement is possible. A complete lack of movement or progress resulting in a backup or stagnation.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
An estimated 200,000 people packed South Beach through Memorial Day on Monday, capping a holiday weekend marked by dancing in the streets, teeny bikinis, overwhelming police presence and traffic gridlock.
The Miami Herald, 05/30/2016

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. Disappointingly inadequate; gloomy and bleak.

brackish

dismal

unsightly

clarify


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

destination

precipice

interdependence

sabotage


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

sabotage

muster

vulnerable

waver


4. Offensive or repulsive; arousing disgust or aversion

scurry

repugnant

falter

misgivings


5. More than half (50%) of some group

majority

ensure

primarily

counter


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