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 phrase important to comprehension or expression. Students are then asked to find the words within the newspaper and copy the sentence for context to its overall meaning or function in a sentence.
This Week's Word In The News 


A means of connection; tie; link.

“We know that members of the militia groups that were present on Jan. 6 have stated their desire that they want to blow up the Capitol and kill as many members as possible, with a direct nexus to the State of the Union,” Pittman said during her testimony.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution, 02/01/2021

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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. symbolism

Dark, faint or indistinct.

A bold, or arrogant strut.

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

To build or form something by assembling parts.

2. adversary

The energy and strength for continuing to do something over a long period of time ; power of sustained exertion, or resistance to hardship, illness etc.

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

The act of inhabiting; state of inhabiting or dwelling, or of being inhabited; occupancy.

An opponent or rival.

3. unsightly

Explain the meaning of (information, words, or actions)

A state of confused and noisy disturbance

The state of being serene; calmness; peacefulness.

Displeasing to the eye

4. versatile

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

Capable of doing many things competently

The quantity of motion of a moving body; the impetus gained by a moving object

The extent to which something matters; importance

5. barricade

To come into view.

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

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

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.

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