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 


An enclosed aerial walkway connecting two buildings. Also, a route used by airlines or an elevated highway.

That implication, that Minneapolis would be better off without its skyways, sparked intense debate.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, 04/24/2017

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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. analyze

To bring down the size, quantity, value or intensity of something; to diminish, to lower, to impair.

Having traits or characteristics in common; alike, comparable.

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

To recover, especially from an illness; to get better from an illness.

2. chronological

Offensive or repulsive; arousing disgust or aversion

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

In order of time from the earliest to the latest

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

3. guarantee

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

A bold, or arrogant strut.

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

Anything that assures a certain outcome.

4. precipice

The brink of a dangerous situation.

A relationship of resemblance or equivalence between two situations, people, or objects,

To exclude; to specify as being an exception.

To make smaller.

5. topic

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

An opponent or rival.

To attempt to stop the progression of.

Speech or language that is incomprehensible or unintelligible; gibberish.

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