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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. element

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

Flexible, liable to change.

The place set for the end of a journey, or to which something is sent; place or point aimed at.

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.

2. zeal

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

A thing that is granted, esp. in response to demands.

Dark or dreary in character; joyless, and grim.

The force or energy of a collision of two objects.

3. significance

Dark or dreary in character; joyless, and grim.

The force or energy of a collision of two objects.

To clarify or make something understandable

The extent to which something matters; importance

4. reduce

To bring down the size, quantity, value or intensity of something; to diminish, to lower, to impair.

To drive away by scattering, or so to cause to vanish.

The quality (positive or negative) that renders something desirable or valuable

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

5. influence

To hear a conversation one is not intended to hear; to listen in.

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.

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

A feeling of contempt or scorn.

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