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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 


To indulge in conjectural thought.

Asked Sunday morning whether wind speeds could have contributed to the crash, Bradley said he would “not begin to speculate.”
The Las Vegas Review-Journal, 02/12/2018

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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. hasten

To sink or fall to the bottom; to settle

The act of exasperating or the state of being exasperated; irritation; keen or bitter anger.

To move in a quick fashion.

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

2. sociable

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

Strange or mysterious, esp. in an unsettling way

An individual instance that represents a class; an example.

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

3. barricade

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

To overpower; to subdue; to put down.

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

A relationship of resemblance or equivalence between two situations, people, or objects,

4. value

Anything that may be possible; a possibility

The quality (positive or negative) that renders something desirable or valuable

Paying attention; noticing, watching, listening, or attending closely.

Capable of doing many things competently

5. obstacles

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

The fervor or tireless devotion for a person, cause, or ideal and determination in its furtherance; diligent enthusiasm; powerful interest.

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

The ability to foresee or prepare wisely for the future.

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