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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 

SKYROCKETING

DEFINITION:
To rise rapidly and suddenly.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
The Bay Area’s wages are getting higher, far outpacing most of the country, but more residents are finding their paychecks can’t keep up with the region’s skyrocketing cost of living.
The San Jose Mercury News, 09/26/2016

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

Bellicose

Temblor

Reciprocal

Lugubrious


2. Of or relating to a holding of something in trust for another.

Unctuous

Fiduciary

Chicanery

Hegemony


3. Not limited to or associated with a particular religious denomination.

Facetious

Gamete

Nonsectarian

Recapitulate


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

Belie

Polymer

Obsequious

Irony


5. The use of unnecessarily wordy and indirect language.

Oligarchy

Tectonic

Circumlocution

Quotidian


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