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 


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

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. impact

An assemblage or display; a gathering, collection of people or things.

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

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

The force or energy of a collision of two objects.

2. attentive

The rate of occurrence of anything; the relationship between incidence and time period.

Connection or association; the condition of being related.

Capable of doing many things competently

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

3. source

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

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

A state of confused and noisy disturbance

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

4. persistent

Firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition

Offensive or repulsive; arousing disgust or aversion

One of the simplest or essential parts or principles of which anything consists, or upon which the constitution or fundamental powers of anything are based.

Strange or mysterious, esp. in an unsettling way

5. jostle

To bump into or brush against while in motion.

In order of time from the earliest to the latest

A bold, or arrogant strut.

To drive away by scattering, or so to cause to vanish.

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