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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 


Promoting political or social reform usually through government action to improve the lot of the majority.

He also offered a thinly veiled suggestion that progressive priorities Warren and Sanders have pushed will struggle to gain appeal beyond a Democratic primary.
The Boston Globe, 11/18/2019

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. conspicuous

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

Obvious or easy to notice.

A great amount or number, often of people.

2. grueling

So difficult or taxing as to make one exhausted; backbreaking.

An opponent or rival.

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

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

3. jostle

A pleasant smell or odour.

To bump into or brush against while in motion.

An inadequate amount of something; a shortage

To notice or view, especially carefully or with attention to detail.

4. various

To cause to take physical form, or to cause an object to appear.

To finish successfully

Different from one another; of different kinds or sorts

To completely engage the attention of.

5. analyze

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

Make an idea, impression, or feeling known or understandable to someone.

To refill; to renew; to supply again or to add a fresh quantity.

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

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