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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.
This Week's Word In The News 

DIRE

DEFINITION:
Causing or involving great fear or suffering; dreadful; terrible.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
As insulin prices have soared, some people have been forced to pursue alternatives such as seeking options from other countries, lower-quality products or rationing their supply of insulin, which can have dire consequences.
The Chicago Tribune, 01/27/2020

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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. Scattered fragments, typically of something wrecked or destroyed

cause

imperious

serenity

debris


2. The throwing back by a body or surface of light, heat, or sound without absorbing it

reflection

eavesdrop

attentive

effect


3. To make sure or certain of something (usually some future event or condition).

effect

pristine

ensure

boundary


4. Obvious or easy to notice.

influence

conspicuous

headway

vulnerable


5. Salty or slightly salty, as a mixture of fresh and sea water, such as that found in estuaries

ominous

swarm

brackish

jut


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