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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 


A principle or belief honored by a person or, more often, a group of people.

Bloomberg’s plan focuses on five basic tenets: requiring more effective background checks, keeping guns out of the wrong hands, banning assault weapons, spending more on enforcement of gun laws and violence intervention programs, and repealing the 2005 law that granted broad legal immunity to gun manufacturers whose products are used in a shooting.
The Denver Post, 12/09/2019

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. banish

To send someone away and forbid that person from returning.

To follow a winding course

An individual step, or stage, in any process or scale of values.

Tending to socialize or be social; friendly; inviting; congenial.

2. habitation

The act of inhabiting; state of inhabiting or dwelling, or of being inhabited; occupancy.

Capable of doing many things competently

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

To bump into or brush against while in motion.

3. foresight

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

To bump into or brush against while in motion.

The energy and strength for continuing to do something over a long period of time ; power of sustained exertion, or resistance to hardship, illness etc.

The ability to foresee or prepare wisely for the future.

4. apprehensive

Deduce or conclude (information) from evidence and reasoning rather than from explicit statements

A mixture of various ingredients or elements.

An opponent or rival.

Anticipating something with anxiety or fear.

5. brandish

Quick and neat in action; skillful.

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

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

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

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