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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 

ENGULF

DEFINITION:
To swallow up in or as in a gulf; overwhelm.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
A man was killed after his speeding Tesla crashed and became engulfed in flames at the intersection of West Las Positas Boulevard and Hacienda Drive in Pleasanton, police say.
The San Francisco Chronicle, 01/20/2020

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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. counter

To refill; to renew; to supply again or to add a fresh quantity.

To bump into or brush against while in motion.

A long flat-topped fixture in a store or bank across which business is conducted with customers.

Exceptional, conspicuous, outstanding, most usually in a negative fashion.


2. analogy

To follow a winding course

To move in a quick fashion.

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

An attempt to deceive someone into believing that one can or will do something.


3. brandish

Of a central nature, first and foremost

To move or swing a weapon back and forth, particularly if demonstrating skill.

Speech or language that is incomprehensible or unintelligible; gibberish.

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


4. reduce

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

Make an idea, impression, or feeling known or understandable to someone.

An individual instance that represents a class; an example.

Dark or dreary in character; joyless, and grim.


5. tactic

Dark or dreary in character; joyless, and grim.

Enthusiasm; enjoyment, vigor

A movement or series of moves requiring skill and care

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


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