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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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. Oligarchy

Deception by trickery or sophistry.

Either of two points on the celestial sphere at which the ecliptic intersects the celestial equator.

Government by a few, especially by a small faction of persons or families.

Quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgment or insight.

2. Vehement

Lacking purpose or vitality; feeble or ineffective.

Playfully jocular; humorous

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

Warlike in manner or temperament; pugnacious.

3. Deciduous

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

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

Lacking social polish; tactless.

Falling off or shed at a specific season or stage of growth:

4. Lexicon

An advocate of the extension of political voting rights, especially to women.

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

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

Characterized by affected, exaggerated, or insincere earnestness.

5. Lugubrious

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

To remove erroneous, vulgar, obscene, or otherwise objectionable material from (a book, for example) before publication.

A marked change in appearance, character, condition, or function.

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

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