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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 


Something that changes in character gradually or in very slight stages without any clear dividing points.

Instead, climate breakdown exists on a continuum where every 10th of a degree of additional heating means more death and suffering.
The Los Angeles Times, 09/16/2019

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. misgivings

Watchful, especially for danger or disorder; alert; wary

To sway back and forth; to totter or reel.

The result or outcome of a cause.

Doubt, apprehension, a feeling of dread

2. headway

Firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition

Progress toward a goal.

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

A great amount or number, often of people.

3. aptitude

Natural ability to acquire knowledge or skill.

Quick and neat in action; skillful.

To make stable or firm; to confirm.

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

4. brandish

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.

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

A state of confused and noisy disturbance

To run away with quick light steps, to scamper.

5. sociable

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

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

Facts or observations presented in support of an assertion.

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

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