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 

CONTINUUM

DEFINITION:
Something that changes in character gradually or in very slight stages without any clear dividing points.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Instead, climate breakdown exists on a continuum where every 10th of a degree of additional heating means more death and suffering.
The Los Angeles Times, 09/16/2019

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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. brackish

Sly; crafty; clever in surreptitious behaviour.

To exclude; to specify as being an exception.

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

The energy and strength for continuing to do something over a long period of time ; power of sustained exertion, or resistance to hardship, illness etc.


2. narrate

To relate a story or series of events by speech or writing.

In order of time from the earliest to the latest

To talk rapidly, indistinctly, or unintelligibly; to utter gibberish or nonsense.

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


3. zeal

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

The fervor or tireless devotion for a person, cause, or ideal and determination in its furtherance; diligent enthusiasm; powerful interest.

Emitting light; glowing brightly

To come into view.


4. circumference

A mixture of various ingredients or elements.

To completely engage the attention of.

The line that bounds a circle or other two-dimensional figure.

To build or form something by assembling parts.


5. ember

Open resistance; bold disobedience.

A measurement one can compare to.

A glowing piece of coal or wood.

Dark or dreary in character; joyless, and grim.


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