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 


Causing great horror; horribly repugnant; grisly.

The coordinated strike marked the second time in a year that Trump has used force against Assad, who U.S. officials believe has continued to test the West’s willingness to accept gruesome chemical attacks.
The Denver Post, 04/16/2018

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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. Reparation

Having one’s true identity concealed.

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

Tumultuous; stormy.

Something done or paid to compensate or make amends.

2. Paradigm

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

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

To weaken or destroy the strength or vitality of.

To bring under control; conquer.

3. Tectonic

To weaken or destroy the strength or vitality of.

To bring under control; conquer.

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


4. Oxidize

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

Any of numerous natural and synthetic compounds consisting of up to millions of repeated linked units,

To increase the positive charge or valence of (an element) by removing electrons.

A part, portion, or share.

5. Vortex

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

To repeat in concise form. To make a summary.

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

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

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