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 

AGITATE

DEFINITION:
To upset; disturb. To stir up public interest in a cause.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
He also attends California State University, Stanislaus, in nearby Turlock, where students say he’s agitated on racial issues.
The San Jose Mercury News, 08/21/2017

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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. materialize

Quick and neat in action; skillful.

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

To cause to take physical form, or to cause an object to appear.

Approaching; drawing near; about to happen


2. compose

To make something by merging parts.

Disappointingly inadequate; gloomy and bleak.

The power to affect, control or manipulate something or someone; the ability to change the development of fluctuating things such as conduct, thoughts or decisions.

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


3. classify

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

To sink or fall to the bottom; to settle

To identify by or divide into classes; to categorize.

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


4. ominous

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

To make sure or certain of something (usually some future event or condition).

Examine methodically and in detail the constitution or structure of something, esp. information.

Hidden, secret


5. diminish

Examine methodically and in detail the constitution or structure of something, esp. information.

Hidden, secret

A barrier constructed across a road, especially as a military defense.

To make smaller.


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