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 


An enclosed aerial walkway connecting two buildings. Also, a route used by airlines or an elevated highway.

That implication, that Minneapolis would be better off without its skyways, sparked intense debate.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, 04/24/2017

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Words in the News Quiz
5 High School 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. Quasar

Needless repetition of the same sense in different words; redundancy.

An extremely distant, and thus old, celestial object whose power output is several thousand times that of our entire galaxy.

The use of obstructionist tactics, especially prolonged speechmaking, for the purpose of delaying legislative action.

Shaking and vibration at the surface of the earth resulting from underground movement along a fault plane.

2. Abstemious

To repeat in concise form. To make a summary.

Eating and drinking in moderation.

Noninterference in the affairs of others.

Feeling or showing haughty disdain.

3. Fatuous

Feeling or showing haughty disdain.

A form of government in which the political authority exercises absolute and centralized control over all aspects of life,

Characterized by forcefulness of expression or intensity of emotion or conviction; fervid.

Vacuously, smugly, and unconsciously foolish.

4. Bowdlerize

To modify, as by shortening or simplifying or by skewing the content in a certain manner.

A factor that determines a range of variations; a boundary

A product of disintegration, destruction, or wearing away; debris.

Extremely rapid, hasty, or abrupt; precipitate.

5. Paradigm

Extremely rapid, hasty, or abrupt; precipitate.

Having unlimited or universal power, authority, or force; all-powerful.

A set of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices that constitutes a way of viewing reality

To certify or attest to (the validity of a signature on a document, for example) as a notary public.

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