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 


The act or process of decreasing: a reduction or curtailment

Denver epitomizes this diminishment of nature in the city, a trend worldwide with 55 percent of humanity living in urban areas and a projected 2.5 billion more people on the way by 2050.
The Denver Post, 01/14/2019

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Words in the News Quiz
5 Middle 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. Renegade

The quality or state of being tranquil; serenity.

Using or marked by the use of few words; terse or concise.

Grossly offensive to decency or morality.

One who rejects a religion, cause, allegiance, or group for another; a deserter.

2. Random

To move in waves or with a smooth, wavelike motion.

An intricate structure of interconnecting passages through which it is difficult to find one’s way; a maze.

Having no specific pattern, purpose, or objective.

Of, relating to, or occurring in the night

3. Guerrilla

A cult or religious movement, a group sharing particular (often unorthodox) political and/or religious beliefs.

An ammunition belt, worn over the shoulder, having loops or pockets for cartridges.

A member of an irregular, usually indigenous military or paramilitary unit operating in small bands in occupied territory to harass and undermine the enemy

A person authorized to act as representative for another; a deputy.

4. Pulverize

A schedule of prices or fees.

The practice of professing beliefs, feelings, or virtues that one does not hold or possess; falseness.

To pound, crush, or grind to a powder or dust.

To take in by elaborate methods of deceit

5. Technique

Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt.

Selecting or employing individual elements from a variety of sources, systems, or styles

The systematic procedure by which a complex or scientific task is accomplished.

One thing conceived as representing another; a symbol.

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