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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 


A statement or an account describing something.

Documents released Tuesday also revealed that Yanez couldn’t provide investigators with a detailed description of the driver of the car he pursued, thinking he resembled a suspect in a recent robbery.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, 06/26/2017

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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. establish

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.

Of a central nature, first and foremost

Approaching; drawing near; about to happen

To make stable or firm; to confirm.

2. element

Doubt, apprehension, a feeling of dread

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

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.

Tending to socialize or be social; friendly; inviting; congenial.

3. terse

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

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

Brief, concise, to the point.

Obvious or easy to notice.

4. egregious

To completely engage the attention of.

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

Exceptional, conspicuous, outstanding, most usually in a negative fashion.

To move in a quick fashion.

5. jargon

To influence or alter.

The smaller number or part, esp. a number that is less than half the whole number

Progress toward a goal.

Speech or language that is incomprehensible or unintelligible; gibberish.

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