Words in the News

This Week's Word In The News 


Seeming difficult to deal with in prospect; intimidating.

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

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. vigilant

A measurement one can compare to.

Watchful, especially for danger or disorder; alert; wary

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

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

2. observe

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

To sink or fall to the bottom; to settle

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

To notice or view, especially carefully or with attention to detail.

3. pristine

Formally put an end to (a system, practice, or institution)

Strange or mysterious, esp. in an unsettling way

An inadequate amount of something; a shortage

Unspoiled; still with its original purity; uncorrupted or unsullied

4. affect

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.

To influence or alter.

To hear a conversation one is not intended to hear; to listen in.

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

5. except

Doubt, apprehension, a feeling of dread

To exclude; to specify as being an exception.

To run away with quick light steps, to scamper.

Dark or dreary in character; joyless, and grim.

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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.