Words in the News

This Week's Word In The News 


The activity of trying to persuade people to vote for a particular political party or candidate.

These campaigns avoided electioneering violations because they didn’t advocate for a candidate or ballot initiative.
Denton Record Chronicle , 02/26/2024

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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. brackish

To sway back and forth; to totter or reel.

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

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

Having traits or characteristics in common; alike, comparable.

2. precipice

The brink of a dangerous situation.

Deduce or conclude (information) from evidence and reasoning rather than from explicit statements

To start (a fire) or light (a torch).

Strange or mysterious, esp. in an unsettling way

3. attentive

Strange or mysterious, esp. in an unsettling way

The extent to which something matters; importance

Paying attention; noticing, watching, listening, or attending closely.

Assuming power or authority without justification; arrogant and domineering

4. pristine

The quantity of motion of a moving body; the impetus gained by a moving object

Watchful, especially for danger or disorder; alert; wary

The place set for the end of a journey, or to which something is sent; place or point aimed at.

Unspoiled; still with its original purity; uncorrupted or unsullied

5. misgivings

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

What something does or is used for.

To influence or alter.

Doubt, apprehension, a feeling of dread

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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 phrase important to comprehension or expression. Students are then asked to find the words within the newspaper and copy the sentence for context to its overall meaning or function in a sentence.