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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 


Confinement or imprisonment, usually for a short time.

A push to ban privatized immigration detention centers across Illinois is headed for Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s desk.
The Chicago Tribune, 05/20/2019

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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

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

The act or process of inhaling and exhaling; breathing.

Everyday; commonplace.

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

2. Circumnavigate

Logical incongruity

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

To proceed completely around:

To renounce under oath; forswear.

3. Abstemious

Playfully jocular; humorous

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

Eating and drinking in moderation.

Having one’s true identity concealed.

4. Epiphany

Impossible to dispute; unquestionable

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

A sudden manifestation of the essence or meaning of something.

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

5. Antebellum

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

Noninterference in the affairs of others.

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

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

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