Words in the News

This Week's Word In The News 


A stage of postgraduate medical training.

The rural residency program provides doctors with the specialized training they need to work in rural areas and recruit them to remain in those communities once their three-year residency program is completed.
The Rocky Mount Telegram, 12/04/2023

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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. Auspicious

Attended by favorable circumstances; propitious.

Lacking or marked by a lack of self-confidence; shy and timid.

To proceed completely around:

Lacking social polish; tactless.

2. Metamorphosis

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

Deception by trickery or sophistry.

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

Noninterference in the affairs of others.

3. Paradigm

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

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

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

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

4. Nadir

The lowest point

Eating and drinking in moderation.

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

Having unlimited or universal power, authority, or force; all-powerful.

5. Xenophobe


A person unduly fearful or contemptuous of that which is foreign, especially of strangers or foreign peoples.

The use of obstructionist tactics, especially prolonged speechmaking, for the purpose of delaying legislative action.

The art or study of correct spelling according to established usage.

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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 phrase important to comprehension or expression. Students are then asked to find the words within the newspaper and copy the sentence for context to its overall meaning or function in a sentence.