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 

HORRIFIC

DEFINITION:
Provoking horror; horrible.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
“We all watched the horrific death of George Floyd on video as witnesses begged the police officer to take him to the police car and get off his neck,” read the statement from attorney Benjamin Crump, who also represents the families of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, two African-Americans killed in recent high-profile incidents.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, 06/01/2020

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

jostle

minority

majority

area


2. An attempt to deceive someone into believing that one can or will do something.

restitution

bluff

ember

effect


3. Something small enough to escape casual notice.

primarily

detail

evidence

meander


4. To waver or be unsteady.

pertinent

uncanny

falter

reference


5. Subject; theme; a category or general area of interest.

debris

potential

topic

hasten


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