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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 


To indulge in conjectural thought.

Asked Sunday morning whether wind speeds could have contributed to the crash, Bradley said he would “not begin to speculate.”
The Las Vegas Review-Journal, 02/12/2018

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. similar

A large or dense group of insects, esp. flying ones.

A gift or payment to a common fund or collection.

Having traits or characteristics in common; alike, comparable.

Sly; crafty; clever in surreptitious behaviour.

2. establish

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

To make stable or firm; to confirm.

To bump into or brush against while in motion.

Doubt, apprehension, a feeling of dread

3. zeal

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

Examine methodically and in detail the constitution or structure of something, esp. information.

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

The source or reason of an event or action

4. circumference

The line that bounds a circle or other two-dimensional figure.

To make clear; to free from obscurities; to brighten or illuminate.

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.

Open resistance; bold disobedience.

5. reference

Exhibiting guilty or evasive secrecy.

A measurement one can compare to.

Different from one another; of different kinds or sorts

A form of acrobatic display which involves the dramatic bending and flexing of the human body.

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