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 


Causing great horror; horribly repugnant; grisly.

The coordinated strike marked the second time in a year that Trump has used force against Assad, who U.S. officials believe has continued to test the West’s willingness to accept gruesome chemical attacks.
The Denver Post, 04/16/2018

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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. function

An inadequate amount of something; a shortage

What something does or is used for.

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

Something that impedes, stands in the way of, or holds up progress

2. persistent

Salty or slightly salty, as a mixture of fresh and sea water, such as that found in estuaries

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

To completely engage the attention of.

The system of production and distribution and consumption.

3. chronological

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.

In order of time from the earliest to the latest

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

A thing that is granted, esp. in response to demands.

4. apprehensive

A thing that is granted, esp. in response to demands.

To talk rapidly, indistinctly, or unintelligibly; to utter gibberish or nonsense.

An individual step, or stage, in any process or scale of values.

Anticipating something with anxiety or fear.

5. primarily

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

Of a central nature, first and foremost

To bump into or brush against while in motion.

To attempt to stop the progression of.

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