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

serenity

convey

weather

fragrance


2. A barrier constructed across a road, especially as a military defense.

chronological

vulnerable

barricade

terse


3. What something does or is used for.

somber

diminish

function

habitation


4. Unspoiled; still with its original purity; uncorrupted or unsullied

pertinent

jostle

meticulous

pristine


5. A movement or series of moves requiring skill and care

tactic

specimen

swagger

concoction


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This Week's Word In The News 

AMBIGUOUS

DEFINITION:
Open to more than one interpretation; doubtful or uncertain.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
"The current law is ambiguous," said Todd Maron, Tesla's general consul. "That ambiguity is why the dealers, through these last-minute tactics, have gone to change the law."
The Detroit News, 10/20/2014