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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 


An Arabic word meaning striving or struggling. In Islam, it is “striving in the path of God.” It is often used to refer to a "holy war" or a vigorous campaign against perceived foes.

Top leaders of the Illinois Republican Party launched an effort at damage control Sunday after a social media post echoed President Donald Trump’s criticism of four Democratic congresswoman and went further, referring to them in a movie-type poster of being a “jihad squad” and contending they believe any criticism is racist.
The Chicago Tribune, 07/22/2019

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. primarily

Existing or occurring at the moment.

Of a central nature, first and foremost

The source or reason of an event or action

Scattered fragments, typically of something wrecked or destroyed

2. commotion

Scattered fragments, typically of something wrecked or destroyed

The short term state of the atmosphere at a specific time and place, including the temperature, humidity, cloud cover, precipitation, wind, etc.

Allowing light to pass through but diffusing it

A state of confused and noisy disturbance

3. obscure

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

To relate a story or series of events by speech or writing.

Something small enough to escape casual notice.

Dark, faint or indistinct.

4. analyze

Examine methodically and in detail the constitution or structure of something, esp. information.

To exclude; to specify as being an exception.

A measurement one can compare to.

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

5. dispel

Offensive or repulsive; arousing disgust or aversion

To drive away by scattering, or so to cause to vanish.

Deduce or conclude (information) from evidence and reasoning rather than from explicit statements

Assuming power or authority without justification; arrogant and domineering

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