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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 phrase important to comprehension or expression. Students are then asked to find the words within the newspaper and copy the sentence for context to its overall meaning or function in a sentence.
This Week's Word In The News 


Marked by a sharp division, as of a population or group, into opposing factions.

Well, maybe not quite that many, but the numbers have been trending upward in recent years as legislators and large blocs of voters are struggling to find their place in an increasingly polarized political environment.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, 11/23/2020

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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. barricade

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

Specifically, giving indication of a coming ill; being an evil omen

The fervor or tireless devotion for a person, cause, or ideal and determination in its furtherance; diligent enthusiasm; powerful interest.

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

2. ignite

To set fire to (something), to light (something)

To completely engage the attention of.

A feeling of contempt or scorn.

Doubt, apprehension, a feeling of dread

3. impact

A feeling of contempt or scorn.

Doubt, apprehension, a feeling of dread

The smaller number or part, esp. a number that is less than half the whole number

The force or energy of a collision of two objects.

4. contributions

Offensive or repulsive; arousing disgust or aversion

To move or swing a weapon back and forth, particularly if demonstrating skill.

Capable of doing many things competently

A gift or payment to a common fund or collection.

5. pristine

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

Unspoiled; still with its original purity; uncorrupted or unsullied

The quantity of motion of a moving body; the impetus gained by a moving object

Something that impedes, stands in the way of, or holds up progress

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