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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 


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. Nihilism

To abolish, do away with, or annul, especially by authority.

Belonging to the period before a war, especially the American Civil War.

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

The act or process of inhaling and exhaling; breathing.

2. Yeoman

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

A diligent, dependable worker.

Lacking serious purpose or occupation; idle.

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

3. Filibuster

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

Lacking social polish; tactless.

To insert or introduce between other elements or parts.

To show servile deference.

4. Parameter

A factor that determines a range of variations; a boundary

Something done or paid to compensate or make amends.

Eating and drinking in moderation.

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

5. Paradigm

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

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

Feeling or showing haughty disdain.

Having unlimited or universal power, authority, or force; all-powerful.

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