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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 


Characterized by fairness; just and right; impartial; unbiased.

The plan “is designed to provide an equitable distribution across the state with priority access going to our most vulnerable populations, front-line health care workers and first responders who directly interact with and treat COVID patients, as well as staff and residents in long-term care facilities," Pritzker said during his daily coronavirus news briefing.
The Chicago Tribune, 10/26/2020

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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. cause

The source or reason of an event or action

Formally put an end to (a system, practice, or institution)

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

More than half (50%) of some group

2. debris

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

Scattered fragments, typically of something wrecked or destroyed

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

To send someone away and forbid that person from returning.

3. grueling

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

To influence or alter.

To cause to float easily or gently through the air

Anything that may be possible; a possibility

4. cunning

To cause to float easily or gently through the air

Anything that may be possible; a possibility

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

Sly; crafty; clever in surreptitious behaviour.

5. jabber

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

The brink of a dangerous situation.

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.

To make sure or certain of something (usually some future event or condition).

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