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 


Not requested or invited; unwelcome.

It was an unsolicited copy of The Epoch Times, a conservative news outlet with ties to a cult-like Chinese spiritual group called Falun Gong, whose leader has claimed he can levitate and perform healing miracles.
The Denver Post, 11/11/2019

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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. Infrastructure

Clear to the understanding.

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

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

To renounce under oath; forswear.

2. Kinetic

The use of unnecessarily wordy and indirect language.

Of, relating to, or produced by motion.

A part, portion, or share.

A place or situation regarded as drawing into its center all that surrounds it.

3. Parabola

Characterized by forcefulness of expression or intensity of emotion or conviction; fervid.

A plane curve formed by the intersection of a right circular cone and a plane parallel to an element of the cone.

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

Overbearing pride or presumption; arrogance.

4. Precipitous

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

To proceed completely around:

Extremely rapid, hasty, or abrupt; precipitate.

Lacking serious purpose or occupation; idle.

5. Fatuous

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

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

Vacuously, smugly, and unconsciously foolish.

An extremely distant, and thus old, celestial object whose power output is several thousand times that of our entire galaxy.

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