Get Adobe Flash player

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 


To break or burst; to cause a breach of.

One of the heartbreaking consequences of this pandemic is how it has ruptured the rituals of death and dying.
The Boston Globe, 04/06/2020

Generate your own quiz
Select a grade level
 Middle School
 High School
Select a quiz type
 By words
 By Definitions
Select how many questions
5   10   15   20  

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. Detritus

Of or relating to a holding of something in trust for another.

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

A product of disintegration, destruction, or wearing away; debris.

The act or process of inhaling and exhaling; breathing.

2. Yeoman

A diligent, dependable worker.

Government by a few, especially by a small faction of persons or families.

Extremely rapid, hasty, or abrupt; precipitate.

To weaken or destroy the strength or vitality of.

3. Parameter

Extremely rapid, hasty, or abrupt; precipitate.

To weaken or destroy the strength or vitality of.

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

A factor that determines a range of variations; a boundary

4. Fatuous

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

Vacuously, smugly, and unconsciously foolish.

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

Not interesting; dull:

5. Hegemony

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

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.

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

A part, portion, or share.

Get more Quizzes 

 Elementary School    Middle School   High School  

 By Word     By Definition    5  10  15  20 Questions