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 

CONTINUUM

DEFINITION:
Something that changes in character gradually or in very slight stages without any clear dividing points.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Instead, climate breakdown exists on a continuum where every 10th of a degree of additional heating means more death and suffering.
The Los Angeles Times, 09/16/2019

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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. Antebellum

Belonging to the period before a war, especially the American Civil War.

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

The side of a right triangle opposite the right angle.

A sudden manifestation of the essence or meaning of something.


2. Detritus

The side of a right triangle opposite the right angle.

A sudden manifestation of the essence or meaning of something.

Full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning.

A product of disintegration, destruction, or wearing away; debris.


3. Kowtow

Impossible to dispute; unquestionable

To show servile deference.

The lowest point

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


4. Lugubrious

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

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

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

To insert or introduce between other elements or parts.


5. Photosynthesis

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.

Vanishing or likely to vanish like vapor.

To bring under control; conquer.

To separate or get rid of (an undesirable part); eliminate.


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