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 

PERCUSSIVE

DEFINITION:
Characterized by percussion; caused by or related to the action of striking or pounding something.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Enter the huge building that houses the Excavation Engineering and Earth Mechanics Institute at the Colorado School of Mines, walk past the massive tunnel-boring machine, rotary and percussive drills, and you’ll get a glimpse of the new frontier of development — space resources.
The Denver Post, 03/18/2019

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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. 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.

headway

gusto

source

element


2. Having traits or characteristics in common; alike, comparable.

similar

somber

quell

minority


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

counter

attentive

diminish

exhilarate


4. Timid, fearful, overly cautious

exhilarate

interpret

debris

meticulous


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

infer

ominous

multitude

convey


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