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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 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 

LOCKDOWN

DEFINITION:
A security measure taken during an emergency to prevent people from leaving or entering a building.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
The lockdown alarm had sounded just before the end of the day and there had been no announcement that there would be a drill.
The Denver Post, 04/22/2019

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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. acquire

To gain, usually by one's own exertions; to get as one's own.

The smaller number or part, esp. a number that is less than half the whole number

To talk rapidly, indistinctly, or unintelligibly; to utter gibberish or nonsense.

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


2. concoction

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

A deliberate action aimed at weakening an enemy through subversion, obstruction, disruption, and/or destruction.

A mixture of various ingredients or elements.

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


3. stamina

To make stable or firm; to confirm.

Anticipating something with anxiety or fear.

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

The energy and strength for continuing to do something over a long period of time ; power of sustained exertion, or resistance to hardship, illness etc.


4. misgivings

A particular geographic region.

An inadequate amount of something; a shortage

Disappointingly inadequate; gloomy and bleak.

Doubt, apprehension, a feeling of dread


5. meander

To follow a winding course

To send someone away and forbid that person from returning.

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.

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


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