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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.
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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. Lugubrious

To impress (something) upon the mind of another by frequent instruction or repetition; instill.

Eating and drinking in moderation.

A factor that determines a range of variations; a boundary

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

2. Bowdlerize

Not interesting; dull:

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

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

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

3. Circumnavigate

Overbearing pride or presumption; arrogance.

To proceed completely around:

The iron-containing respiratory pigment in red blood cells of vertebrates.

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

4. Gerrymander

To divide (a geographic area) into voting districts so as to give unfair advantage to one party in elections.

Very talkative; garrulous.

To weaken or destroy the strength or vitality of.

Cheerfully confident; optimistic.

5. Circumlocution

The use of unnecessarily wordy and indirect language.

Full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning.

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

Put together; created.

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This Week's Word In The News 


Occurring or continuing after one's death

By favoring personal privacy over a family's wishes, the companies hope to appeal to the unspoken will of their users while also lessening the bureaucratic hassle of complying with millions of posthumous requests.
The San Jose Mercury News, 08/31/2015