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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 

DIRE

DEFINITION:
Causing or involving great fear or suffering; dreadful; terrible.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
As insulin prices have soared, some people have been forced to pursue alternatives such as seeking options from other countries, lower-quality products or rationing their supply of insulin, which can have dire consequences.
The Chicago Tribune, 01/27/2020

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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. element

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

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

To move or swing a weapon back and forth, particularly if demonstrating skill.

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.


2. versatile

A bold, or arrogant strut.

Capable of doing many things competently

Deduce or conclude (information) from evidence and reasoning rather than from explicit statements

To relate a story or series of events by speech or writing.


3. fragrance

To relate a story or series of events by speech or writing.

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

A form of acrobatic display which involves the dramatic bending and flexing of the human body.

A pleasant smell or odour.


4. significance

To overpower; to subdue; to put down.

The extent to which something matters; importance

Scattered fragments, typically of something wrecked or destroyed

Having an unvarying tone or pitch


5. document

To cause to take physical form, or to cause an object to appear.

A piece of written, printed, or electronic matter that provides information or evidence or that serves as an official record.

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

The ability to foresee or prepare wisely for the future.


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