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 failure to function or defective functioning.

With most planned fixes left undone, AC malfunctions increased this year in many of the district's 165 traditional schools and other facilities, The Post found.
The Palm Beach Post, 10/15/2018

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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. Diffident

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

Logical incongruity

Playfully jocular; humorous

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

2. Chromosome

Very talkative; garrulous.

The process in cell division by which the nucleus divides.

A circular strand of DNA in bacteria that contains the hereditary information necessary for cell life.

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

3. Xenophobe

The iron-containing respiratory pigment in red blood cells of vertebrates.

To certify or attest to (the validity of a signature on a document, for example) as a notary public.

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

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

4. Metamorphosis

To make an accusation against.

The use of obstructionist tactics, especially prolonged speechmaking, for the purpose of delaying legislative action.

A marked change in appearance, character, condition, or function.

Clear to the understanding.

5. Polymer

Noninterference in the affairs of others.

Division into ordered groups or categories.

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

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

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