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 


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

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. Abjure

To renounce under oath; forswear.

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

Of the same or similar nature or kind

The art or study of correct spelling according to established usage.

2. Respiration

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

The act or process of inhaling and exhaling; breathing.

Feeling or showing haughty disdain.

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

3. Plasma

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

Vacuously, smugly, and unconsciously foolish.

Very talkative; garrulous.

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

4. Obsequious

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

Everyday; commonplace.

Full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning.

Put together; created.

5. Irony

Logical incongruity

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

The use of words to express something different from and often opposite to their literal meaning.

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

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