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 

SPOUTING

DEFINITION:
Expressing views or ideas in a lengthy, declamatory, and unreflective way

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
On Saturday, speakers at the For God and Country Patriot Double Down event riled the couple hundred people who showed up to the Ahern Hotel by spouting unfounded claims of widespread fraud in the 2020 election and casting doubt on COVID-19 vaccines.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal, 10/25/2021

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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. Usurp

A diligent, dependable worker.

The use of unnecessarily wordy and indirect language.

To seize another’s place, authority, or possession wrongfully.

The science and technology of building electronic circuits and devices from single atoms and molecules.


2. Vacuous

Logical incongruity

To weaken or destroy the strength or vitality of.

Lacking serious purpose or occupation; idle.

To insert or introduce between other elements or parts.


3. Xenophobe

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

To divide (a geographic area) into voting districts so as to give unfair advantage to one party in elections.

Architectural.

The lowest point


4. Equinox

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

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

Lacking social polish; tactless.

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


5. Oxidize

To increase the positive charge or valence of (an element) by removing electrons.

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

Having a bad disposition; surly.

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.


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