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 difference or contrast between similar things or people.

Here’s one more dubious distinction for San Jose and San Francisco: The two metro areas are the runaway national leaders in the amount of household income needed to buy a house.
The San Jose Mercury News, 11/27/2017

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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. Detritus

Falling off or shed at a specific season or stage of growth:

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

Either of two points on the celestial sphere at which the ecliptic intersects the celestial equator.

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

2. Taxonomy

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

Government by a few, especially by a small faction of persons or families.

Division into ordered groups or categories.

Interchanged, given, or owed to each other.

3. Sanguine

Tumultuous; stormy.

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

Cheerfully confident; optimistic.

Noninterference in the affairs of others.

4. Churlish

Extremely rapid, hasty, or abrupt; precipitate.

To renounce under oath; forswear.

Having a bad disposition; surly.

To make an accusation against.

5. Thermodynamics

Physics that deals with the relationships and conversions between heat and other forms of energy.

Something done or paid to compensate or make amends.

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

The science and technology of building electronic circuits and devices from single atoms and molecules.

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