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 


Pretended; sham; counterfeit.

One Twitter user said, ‘‘After the terrible events #lastnightinSweden, IKEA have sold out of this’’ and posted a mock Ikea instruction manual on how to build a ‘‘Border Wall.’’
The Boston Globe, 02/20/2017

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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. Vacuous

Of, relating to, or produced by motion.

Lacking serious purpose or occupation; idle.

A place or situation regarded as drawing into its center all that surrounds it.

To endow with the rights of citizenship, especially the right to vote.

2. Nihilism

The clear, yellowish fluid portion of blood, lymph, or intramuscular fluid in which cells are suspended.

A doctrine holding that all values are baseless and that nothing can be known or communicated.

Characterized by affected, exaggerated, or insincere earnestness.

A circular strand of DNA in bacteria that contains the hereditary information necessary for cell life.

3. Infrastructure

Vacuously, smugly, and unconsciously foolish.

An underlying base or foundation especially for an organization or system.

Overbearing pride or presumption; arrogance.

Of or relating to money

4. Contradiction

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

A sudden manifestation of the essence or meaning of something.

Logical incongruity

The act or process of inhaling and exhaling; breathing.

5. Vehement

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

Mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially to an exaggerated or ludicrous degree.

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

Interchanged, given, or owed to each other.

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