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

aplomb

effect

topic

symbolism


2. A piece of written, printed, or electronic matter that provides information or evidence or that serves as an official record.

reference

document

method

banish


3. Allowing light to pass through but diffusing it

restitution

translucent

observe

exasperation


4. Speech or language that is incomprehensible or unintelligible; gibberish.

exasperation

unsightly

interdependence

jargon


5. The person, place or thing from which something (information, goods, etc.) comes or is acquired.

commotion

impact

similar

source


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This Week's Word In The News 

HARROWING

DEFINITION:
Extremely disturbing or distressing.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
To Samuel, the journey meant trading a hopeless situation at home for potential security and prosperity in the United States — but first he needed to survive the trip north, dodging police and criminals, and a harrowing ride on top of a freight train for hundreds of miles.
Walter Cronkite School of Journalism / The Arizona Republic, 07/21/2014