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 


To break or burst; to cause a breach of.

One of the heartbreaking consequences of this pandemic is how it has ruptured the rituals of death and dying.
The Boston Globe, 04/06/2020

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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. Hubris

Overbearing pride or presumption; arrogance.

Full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning.

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

Vanishing or likely to vanish like vapor.

2. Quasar

A sudden manifestation of the essence or meaning of something.

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

Government by a few, especially by a small faction of persons or families.

A part, portion, or share.

3. Photosynthesis

Clear to the understanding.

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.

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

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

4. Polymer

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

To show servile deference.

An advocate of the extension of political voting rights, especially to women.

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

5. Hypotenuse

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

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

The side of a right triangle opposite the right angle.

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

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