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 


Marked by an aristocratic or high-toned manner or style.

The mudslides ravaged the tony community, destroying at least 65 homes and damaging more than 460 others, officials said.
The San Jose Mercury News, 01/15/2018

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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. Suffragist

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

An underlying base or foundation especially for an organization or system.

The act or process of inhaling and exhaling; breathing.

To show servile deference.

2. Precipitous

Extremely rapid, hasty, or abrupt; precipitate.

Needless repetition of the same sense in different words; redundancy.

A dramatic or literary form of discourse in which a character talks to himself or herself or reveals his or her thoughts without addressing a listener.

Noninterference in the affairs of others.

3. Vortex

A place or situation regarded as drawing into its center all that surrounds it.

Having a harmful effect; injurious.

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

The predominant influence, as of a state, region, or group, over another or others.

4. Lugubrious

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

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

Lacking purpose or vitality; feeble or ineffective.

Lacking social polish; tactless.

5. Parameter

Not limited to or associated with a particular religious denomination.

A factor that determines a range of variations; a boundary

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

To renounce under oath; forswear.

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