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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.

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. Assuming power or authority without justification; arrogant and domineering

establish

reduce

guarantee

imperious


2. An assemblage or display; a gathering, collection of people or things.

aptitude

compose

subside

muster


3. 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.

dispel

attentive

influence

compromise


4. To waver or be unsteady.

meander

counter

relationship

falter


5. Quick and neat in action; skillful.

minority

deft

classify

value


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This Week's Word In The News 

DEFAMATORY

DEFINITION:
Injurious to someone's name or reputation.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
In an equally unusual turn, prosecutors fired back by calling Walker's comments inaccurate, offensive and defamatory — with Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm suggesting Walker could be criminally charged for lying.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 04/27/2015