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 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.
This Week's Word In The News 


A means of connection; tie; link.

“We know that members of the militia groups that were present on Jan. 6 have stated their desire that they want to blow up the Capitol and kill as many members as possible, with a direct nexus to the State of the Union,” Pittman said during her testimony.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution, 02/01/2021

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Words in the News Quiz
5 Elementary 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. aplomb

Anticipating something with anxiety or fear.

A bold, or arrogant strut.

Self-confidence; poise; composure.

A pleasant smell or odour.

2. jargon

Sly; crafty; clever in surreptitious behaviour.

Disappointingly inadequate; gloomy and bleak.

Speech or language that is incomprehensible or unintelligible; gibberish.

To cause to take physical form, or to cause an object to appear.

3. current

Existing or occurring at the moment.

Specifically, giving indication of a coming ill; being an evil omen

Unspoiled; still with its original purity; uncorrupted or unsullied

The power to affect, control or manipulate something or someone; the ability to change the development of fluctuating things such as conduct, thoughts or decisions.

4. narrate

A small hill or mound.

To relate a story or series of events by speech or writing.

To influence or alter.

To recover, especially from an illness; to get better from an illness.

5. source

The person, place or thing from which something (information, goods, etc.) comes or is acquired.

To cause to float easily or gently through the air

The short term state of the atmosphere at a specific time and place, including the temperature, humidity, cloud cover, precipitation, wind, etc.

The line that bounds a circle or other two-dimensional figure.

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