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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. Speech or language that is incomprehensible or unintelligible; gibberish.

waver

jargon

falter

conclude


2. Displeasing to the eye

unsightly

function

clarify

sociable


3. The force or energy of a collision of two objects.

infer

impact

convey

counter


4. One of the simplest or essential parts or principles of which anything consists, or upon which the constitution or fundamental powers of anything are based.

counter

topic

habitation

element


5. Having traits or characteristics in common; alike, comparable.

similar

weather

illuminate

precipice


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This Week's Word In The News 

AMBIGUOUS

DEFINITION:
Open to more than one interpretation; doubtful or uncertain.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
"The current law is ambiguous," said Todd Maron, Tesla's general consul. "That ambiguity is why the dealers, through these last-minute tactics, have gone to change the law."
The Detroit News, 10/20/2014

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