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 try to overcome or engage in a struggle.

It’s been nearly one month since the catastrophic Coyote Creek flooding, but the repairs have just begun for most residents, who are left to grapple with mounting repair bills, unstable housing situations, severe health risks and an overwhelming resentment toward city and Santa Clara Valley Water District officials they felt could’ve done more.
The San Jose Mercury News, 03/20/2017

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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. gusto

Hidden, secret

Enthusiasm; enjoyment, vigor

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

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

2. boundary

Representation of a concept through symbols or underlying meanings of objects or qualities.

The dividing line or location between two areas.

To build or form something by assembling parts.

The energy and strength for continuing to do something over a long period of time ; power of sustained exertion, or resistance to hardship, illness etc.

3. weather

A great amount or number, often of people.

Important with regards to (a subject or matter); relevant

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

To make stable or firm; to confirm.

4. dismal

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

Disappointingly inadequate; gloomy and bleak.

Doubt, apprehension, a feeling of dread

To make something by merging parts.

5. various

Different from one another; of different kinds or sorts

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

Specifically, giving indication of a coming ill; being an evil omen

The rate of occurrence of anything; the relationship between incidence and time period.

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