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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.
This Week's Word In The News 

CONTINUUM

DEFINITION:
Something that changes in character gradually or in very slight stages without any clear dividing points.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Instead, climate breakdown exists on a continuum where every 10th of a degree of additional heating means more death and suffering.
The Los Angeles Times, 09/16/2019

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. contortion

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

To influence or alter.

To make something by merging parts.

What something does or is used for.


2. boundary

The dividing line or location between two areas.

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

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

To overpower; to subdue; to put down.


3. topic

Subject; theme; a category or general area of interest.

To end, to come to an end.

Flexible, liable to change.

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


4. brandish

Flexible, liable to change.

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

Displeasing to the eye

To move or swing a weapon back and forth, particularly if demonstrating skill.


5. vigilant

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

Quick and neat in action; skillful.

Watchful, especially for danger or disorder; alert; wary

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


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