Words in the News

This Week's Word In The News 

COMMUNAL

DEFINITION:
Individuals who gather into social groups.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
It has also proved especially deadly among some communal mammals, such as elephant seals and sea lions in South America, as well as caged fur-farmed animals in Europe.
The Los Angeles Times, 04/15/2024

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

dismal

narrate

brandish

ignite


2. Dependent on each other

chronological

acquire

interdependence

function


3. Quick and neat in action; skillful.

commotion

diminish

deft

abolish


4. The dividing line or location between two areas.

malleable

misgivings

interpret

boundary


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

swarm

weather

furtive

majority


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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.