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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

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

majority

exhilarate

frequency

dismal


2. A particular geographic region.

affect

area

somber

reduce


3. To make smaller.

reduce

zeal

replenish

diminish


4. The power to affect, control or manipulate something or someone; the ability to change the development of fluctuating things such as conduct, thoughts or decisions.

establish

influence

eavesdrop

vulnerable


5. Existing or occurring at the moment.

current

contortion

malleable

concoction


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This Week's Word In The News 

LEEWARD

DEFINITION:
On or toward the side to which the wind is blowing. Facing the direction toward which the wind is blowing.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Early Saturday, Danny’s winds slightly weakened to 100 mph as it moved west north-westward about 800 miles east of the leeward Islands.
The Miami Herald, 08/24/2015