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. Abstemious

Of the same or similar nature or kind

Interchanged, given, or owed to each other.

Eating and drinking in moderation.

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

2. Xenophobe

A person unduly fearful or contemptuous of that which is foreign, especially of strangers or foreign peoples.

The process in green plants and certain other organisms by which carbohydrates are synthesized from carbon dioxide and water using light as an energy source.

Something done or paid to compensate or make amends.

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

3. Hypotenuse

Something done or paid to compensate or make amends.

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

The use of unnecessarily wordy and indirect language.

The side of a right triangle opposite the right angle.

4. Plasma

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

A stock of terms used in a particular profession, subject, or style; a vocabulary:

Vacuously, smugly, and unconsciously foolish.

The use of words to express something different from and often opposite to their literal meaning.

5. Moiety

A part, portion, or share.

Lacking social polish; tactless.

Impossible to dispute; unquestionable

Overbearing pride or presumption; arrogance.

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