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 


Authoritatively ordered; obligatory; compulsory.

Back in Sonoma, resident Paul Giles had evacuated Tuesday, but after hearing reports about Saturday morning’s fires, he returned to check on his house, located in a mandatory evacuation zone a few miles east of downtown.
The San Jose Mercury News, 10/16/2017

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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. Photosynthesis

Noninterference in the affairs of others.

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

A part, portion, or share.

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.

2. Mitosis

The side of a right triangle opposite the right angle.

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

The process in cell division by which the nucleus divides.

Playfully jocular; humorous

3. Pecuniary

Of or relating to money

Put together; created.

Needless repetition of the same sense in different words; redundancy.

Of, relating to, or produced by motion.

4. Hemoglobin

Of, relating to, or produced by motion.

Deception by trickery or sophistry.

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

Warlike in manner or temperament; pugnacious.

5. Polymer

To insert or introduce between other elements or parts.

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

The use of unnecessarily wordy and indirect language.

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

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