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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 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 


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

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

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. zeal

Self-confidence; poise; composure.

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

To come into view.

Speech or language that is incomprehensible or unintelligible; gibberish.

2. vulnerable

More or most likely to be exposed to the chance of being attacked or harmed, either physically or emotionally.

The force or energy of a collision of two objects.

The quantity of motion of a moving body; the impetus gained by a moving object

Open resistance; bold disobedience.

3. jabber

The quantity of motion of a moving body; the impetus gained by a moving object

Open resistance; bold disobedience.

The place set for the end of a journey, or to which something is sent; place or point aimed at.

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

4. construct

Different from one another; of different kinds or sorts

To move in a quick fashion.

To build or form something by assembling parts.

An individual step, or stage, in any process or scale of values.

5. ensure

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

To identify by or divide into classes; to categorize.

An inadequate amount of something; a shortage

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

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