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Words in the News

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 phrase important to comprehension or expression. Students are then asked to find the words within the newspaper and copy the sentence for context to its overall meaning or function in a sentence.
This Week's Word In The News 

POLARIZED

DEFINITION:
Marked by a sharp division, as of a population or group, into opposing factions.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Well, maybe not quite that many, but the numbers have been trending upward in recent years as legislators and large blocs of voters are struggling to find their place in an increasingly polarized political environment.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, 11/23/2020

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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. A mixture of various ingredients or elements.

concoction

frequency

chronological

ember


2. To make happy, cheer up.

chronological

ember

materialize

exhilarate


3. Something that impedes, stands in the way of, or holds up progress

scurry

zeal

vigilant

obstacles


4. A process of compensation for losses.

muster

restitution

egregious

relationship


5. To make stable or firm; to confirm.

construct

establish

gusto

counter


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