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This Week's Word In The News 

DAUNTING

DEFINITION:
Seeming difficult to deal with in prospect; intimidating.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Following a backlash from neighbors, city workers are recommending that San Jose back down from a proposal to build tiny homes for homeless residents on a controversial piece of land across the street from an elementary school — the latest indication of the daunting difficulties in combating homelessness.
The San Jose Mercury News, 09/26/2022

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5 Elementary Words

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

reference

kindle

vulnerable

unsightly


2. To make smaller.

diminish

versatile

malleable

egregious


3. The extent to which something matters; importance

egregious

construct

significance

muster


4. The place set for the end of a journey, or to which something is sent; place or point aimed at.

misgivings

destination

symbolism

deft


5. A mixture of various ingredients or elements.

abolish

concoction

waft

impact


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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.