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 


A difference or contrast between similar things or people.

Here’s one more dubious distinction for San Jose and San Francisco: The two metro areas are the runaway national leaders in the amount of household income needed to buy a house.
The San Jose Mercury News, 11/27/2017

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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. contributions

To make something by merging parts.

A gift or payment to a common fund or collection.

The fervor or tireless devotion for a person, cause, or ideal and determination in its furtherance; diligent enthusiasm; powerful interest.

To talk rapidly, indistinctly, or unintelligibly; to utter gibberish or nonsense.

2. boundary

The throwing back by a body or surface of light, heat, or sound without absorbing it

To completely engage the attention of.

The dividing line or location between two areas.

To run away with quick light steps, to scamper.

3. observe

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

To recover, especially from an illness; to get better from an illness.

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

Flexible, liable to change.

4. narrate

To sink or fall to the bottom; to settle

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

The rate of occurrence of anything; the relationship between incidence and time period.

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

5. pertinent

To make sure or certain of something (usually some future event or condition).

Important with regards to (a subject or matter); relevant

Brief, concise, to the point.

An inadequate amount of something; a shortage

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