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 take funds, especially illegally or deceitfully, from another source in small increments.

According to Forbes, Ross is alleged to have siphoned or stolen more than $120 million from business partners and customers.
The Boston Globe, 08/13/2018

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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. Suffragist

A temple tower of the ancient Assyrians and Babylonians, having the form of a terraced pyramid of successively receding stories.

To abolish, do away with, or annul, especially by authority.

A dramatic or literary form of discourse in which a character talks to himself or herself or reveals his or her thoughts without addressing a listener.

An advocate of the extension of political voting rights, especially to women.

2. Obsequious

A factor that determines a range of variations; a boundary

Full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning.

To repeat in concise form. To make a summary.

Overbearing pride or presumption; arrogance.

3. Taxonomy

Overbearing pride or presumption; arrogance.

Warlike in manner or temperament; pugnacious.

Vanishing or likely to vanish like vapor.

Division into ordered groups or categories.

4. Kowtow

Of, relating to, or produced by motion.

The process in cell division by which the nucleus divides.

To show servile deference.

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

5. Circumnavigate

Cheerfully confident; optimistic.

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

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

To proceed completely around:

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