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 


A statement or an account describing something.

Documents released Tuesday also revealed that Yanez couldn’t provide investigators with a detailed description of the driver of the car he pursued, thinking he resembled a suspect in a recent robbery.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, 06/26/2017

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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. Plasma

To picture falsely; misrepresent.

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

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

Everyday; commonplace.

2. Infrastructure

Of the same or similar nature or kind

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

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

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

3. Reciprocal

Playfully jocular; humorous

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.

To bring under control; conquer.

Interchanged, given, or owed to each other.

4. Ziggurat

Of, relating to, or produced by motion.

Impossible to dispute; unquestionable

A temple tower of the ancient Assyrians and Babylonians, having the form of a terraced pyramid of successively receding stories.

Tumultuous; stormy.

5. Recapitulate

Put together; created.

Of or relating to money

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

To repeat in concise form. To make a summary.

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