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 

OUTLANDISH

DEFINITION:
Something bizarre or ridiculously out-of-the-ordinary. Very odd, strange, or peculiar; fantastic.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
The little-told story about the BART seat-slashing gang that was part of an upholstery racket By Dianne de Guzman, SFGATE Updated 6:29 pm PDT, Friday, October 18, 2019 8 FILE - Passengers on the relatively new train system peer out the windows, in this photo taken Sept. 12, 1972. The interior photo shows the look of the earlier BART trains, including a view of the seats that were later part of a criminal conspiracy in 1981. Photo: Barney Peterson, The Chronicle Photo: Barney Peterson, The Chronicle Image 1 of 25 FILE - Passengers on the relatively new train system peer out the windows, in this photo taken Sept. 12, 1972. The interior photo shows the look of the earlier BART trains, including a view of the seats that ... more The BART scheme started to unravel after one man tried to make a deal with police. Freshly arrested, the man decided to bargain using an interesting, unknown bit of information. He told police there was a racket being carried out on BART trains, involving paid-for vandalism of the transit system's seats. "He said, 'I’ll tell you what, there’s this little scam going on over here that I know about, because I was one of the guys that they hired ... they’d pay us, like, $2 a slash, or $3 a slash,’ something like that," longtime BART spokesman and author Michael Healy recalled. It was the early '80s at the time, and the young transit system was just under 10 years old. :: At first, the question about the scam, as it was posed to Healy earlier this month, seemed too outlandish to be true.
The San Francisco Chronicle, 10/21/2019

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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. To hear a conversation one is not intended to hear; to listen in.

eavesdrop

method

reference

banish


2. Of a central nature, first and foremost

primarily

reduce

apprehensive

economy


3. An inadequate amount of something; a shortage

economy

weather

scarcity

various


4. A large or dense group of insects, esp. flying ones.

counter

exhilarate

swarm

pristine


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

impact

sociable

zeal

circumference


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