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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 

JIHAD

DEFINITION:
An Arabic word meaning striving or struggling. In Islam, it is “striving in the path of God.” It is often used to refer to a "holy war" or a vigorous campaign against perceived foes.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Top leaders of the Illinois Republican Party launched an effort at damage control Sunday after a social media post echoed President Donald Trump’s criticism of four Democratic congresswoman and went further, referring to them in a movie-type poster of being a “jihad squad” and contending they believe any criticism is racist.
The Chicago Tribune, 07/22/2019

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. brackish

To recover, especially from an illness; to get better from an illness.

Salty or slightly salty, as a mixture of fresh and sea water, such as that found in estuaries

Anything that assures a certain outcome.

The power to affect, control or manipulate something or someone; the ability to change the development of fluctuating things such as conduct, thoughts or decisions.


2. tactic

The act of exasperating or the state of being exasperated; irritation; keen or bitter anger.

The source or reason of an event or action

A movement or series of moves requiring skill and care

To relate a story or series of events by speech or writing.


3. scarcity

Timid, fearful, overly cautious

An inadequate amount of something; a shortage

Sly; crafty; clever in surreptitious behaviour.

To come into view.


4. bluff

To come into view.

A deliberate action aimed at weakening an enemy through subversion, obstruction, disruption, and/or destruction.

The state of being serene; calmness; peacefulness.

An attempt to deceive someone into believing that one can or will do something.


5. vulnerable

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

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

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

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.


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