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 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.
This Week's Word In The News 


A condition of harmony; the quality or state of being made one

I know speaking of unity can sound to some like a foolish fantasy these days.
The San Jose Mercury News, 01/25/2021

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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. degree

Specifically, giving indication of a coming ill; being an evil omen

An individual step, or stage, in any process or scale of values.

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

Connection or association; the condition of being related.

2. adversary

Quick and neat in action; skillful.

An opponent or rival.

The system of production and distribution and consumption.

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

3. impact

Open resistance; bold disobedience.

The force or energy of a collision of two objects.

Natural ability to acquire knowledge or skill.

To cause to float easily or gently through the air

4. compose

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

To make something by merging parts.

A great amount or number, often of people.

The act of inhabiting; state of inhabiting or dwelling, or of being inhabited; occupancy.

5. quell

The act of inhabiting; state of inhabiting or dwelling, or of being inhabited; occupancy.

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.

A process of compensation for losses.

To overpower; to subdue; to put down.

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