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 


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

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. economy

Offensive or repulsive; arousing disgust or aversion

The system of production and distribution and consumption.

The extent to which something matters; importance

Exhibiting guilty or evasive secrecy.

2. persistent

To exclude; to specify as being an exception.

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

To move in a quick fashion.

A movement or series of moves requiring skill and care

3. jut

Representation of a concept through symbols or underlying meanings of objects or qualities.

Speech or language that is incomprehensible or unintelligible; gibberish.

To stick out

Make an idea, impression, or feeling known or understandable to someone.

4. weather

The short term state of the atmosphere at a specific time and place, including the temperature, humidity, cloud cover, precipitation, wind, etc.

A great amount or number, often of people.

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

More or most likely to be exposed to the chance of being attacked or harmed, either physically or emotionally.

5. majority

Natural ability to acquire knowledge or skill.

More than half (50%) of some group

In order of time from the earliest to the latest

Brief, concise, to the point.

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