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 


Extremely dry because of hot weather or drought.

Patches of parched landscape have caused once-green golf courses to close and limited golf cart use, the Greeley Tribune reported.
The Denver Post, 02/18/2019

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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. frequency

To make clear; to free from obscurities; to brighten or illuminate.

To refill; to renew; to supply again or to add a fresh quantity.

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

Obvious or easy to notice.

2. influence

To sway back and forth; to totter or reel.

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.

Anything that assures a certain outcome.

A deliberate action aimed at weakening an enemy through subversion, obstruction, disruption, and/or destruction.

3. ignite

A state of confused and noisy disturbance

To set fire to (something), to light (something)

The quality (positive or negative) that renders something desirable or valuable

So difficult or taxing as to make one exhausted; backbreaking.

4. destination

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

Exhibiting guilty or evasive secrecy.

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

A large or dense group of insects, esp. flying ones.

5. circumference

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

A large or dense group of insects, esp. flying ones.

To influence or alter.

The line that bounds a circle or other two-dimensional figure.

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