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 


A usually large farm or estate, especially in a tropical or semitropical country, on which cotton, tobacco, coffee, sugar cane, or the like is cultivated, usually by resident laborers.

Frederick D. Haynes III, the senior pastor of Friendship-West Baptist Church, held a news conference outside of the Dallas police headquarters last month to accuse Jones of "plantation politics."
The Dallas Morning News, 11/20/2017

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Words in the News Quiz
5 Elementary 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. reflection

Speech or language that is incomprehensible or unintelligible; gibberish.

The throwing back by a body or surface of light, heat, or sound without absorbing it

To recover, especially from an illness; to get better from an illness.

A small hill or mound.

2. muster

A small hill or mound.

The act of exasperating or the state of being exasperated; irritation; keen or bitter anger.

What something does or is used for.

An assemblage or display; a gathering, collection of people or things.

3. unsightly

Open resistance; bold disobedience.

The power to affect, control or manipulate something or someone; the ability to change the development of fluctuating things such as conduct, thoughts or decisions.

Existing or occurring at the moment.

Displeasing to the eye

4. infer

Emitting light; glowing brightly

The act of inhabiting; state of inhabiting or dwelling, or of being inhabited; occupancy.

The source or reason of an event or action

Deduce or conclude (information) from evidence and reasoning rather than from explicit statements

5. weather

The short term state of the atmosphere at a specific time and place, including the temperature, humidity, cloud cover, precipitation, wind, etc.

To make something by merging parts.

The quality (positive or negative) that renders something desirable or valuable

To completely engage the attention of.

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