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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. Notarize

Lacking or marked by a lack of self-confidence; shy and timid.

A reproductive cell having the haploid number of chromosomes, especially a mature sperm or egg capable of fusing with a gamete of the opposite sex to produce the fertilized egg.

Everyday; commonplace.

To certify or attest to (the validity of a signature on a document, for example) as a notary public.

2. Precipitous

Extremely rapid, hasty, or abrupt; precipitate.

Vacuously, smugly, and unconsciously foolish.

Of, relating to, or produced by motion.

Of the same or similar nature or kind

3. Nanotechnology

Of the same or similar nature or kind

Shaking and vibration at the surface of the earth resulting from underground movement along a fault plane.

The science and technology of building electronic circuits and devices from single atoms and molecules.

Feeling or showing haughty disdain.

4. Abstemious

The art or study of correct spelling according to established usage.

To insert or introduce between other elements or parts.

Eating and drinking in moderation.

Logical incongruity

5. Quasar

Lacking serious purpose or occupation; idle.

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

The side of a right triangle opposite the right angle.

To separate or get rid of (an undesirable part); eliminate.

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This Week's Word In The News 


Causing harm in a way that is gradual or not easily noticed.

U.S. Attorney Wifredo Ferrer said the Higher One scam was “further evidence of the insidious and widespread nature” of stolen IDs and tax-refund fraud in South Florida.
The Miami Herald, 05/25/2015