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 swallow up in or as in a gulf; overwhelm.

A man was killed after his speeding Tesla crashed and became engulfed in flames at the intersection of West Las Positas Boulevard and Hacienda Drive in Pleasanton, police say.
The San Francisco Chronicle, 01/20/2020

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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. Evanescent

Vanishing or likely to vanish like vapor.

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

Division into ordered groups or categories.

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

2. Deciduous

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

To endow with the rights of citizenship, especially the right to vote.

Falling off or shed at a specific season or stage of growth:

A factor that determines a range of variations; a boundary

3. Pecuniary

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

Of or relating to money

Lacking purpose or vitality; feeble or ineffective.

Eating and drinking in moderation.

4. Usurp

The basic unit of currency among participating European Union countries.

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

A form of government in which the political authority exercises absolute and centralized control over all aspects of life,

The process in cell division by which the nucleus divides.

5. Fiduciary

Lacking serious purpose or occupation; idle.

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

The act or process of inhaling and exhaling; breathing.

Feeling or showing haughty disdain.

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