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 


Something that changes in character gradually or in very slight stages without any clear dividing points.

Instead, climate breakdown exists on a continuum where every 10th of a degree of additional heating means more death and suffering.
The Los Angeles Times, 09/16/2019

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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. Lucid

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

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

Lacking social polish; tactless.

Clear to the understanding.

2. Interpolate

Full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning.

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

To insert or introduce between other elements or parts.

Falling off or shed at a specific season or stage of growth:

3. Bellicose

An underlying base or foundation especially for an organization or system.

Warlike in manner or temperament; pugnacious.

A system of names used in an art or science:

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

4. Plasma

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

To endow with the rights of citizenship, especially the right to vote.

Deception by trickery or sophistry.

The clear, yellowish fluid portion of blood, lymph, or intramuscular fluid in which cells are suspended.

5. Equinox

The process in green plants and certain other organisms by which carbohydrates are synthesized from carbon dioxide and water using light as an energy source.

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

To repeat in concise form. To make a summary.

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

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