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 statement or an account describing something.

Documents released Tuesday also revealed that Yanez couldn’t provide investigators with a detailed description of the driver of the car he pursued, thinking he resembled a suspect in a recent robbery.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, 06/26/2017

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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. Usurp

The predominant influence, as of a state, region, or group, over another or others.

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

A sudden manifestation of the essence or meaning of something.

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

2. Abjure

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

To impress (something) upon the mind of another by frequent instruction or repetition; instill.

Lacking serious purpose or occupation; idle.

To renounce under oath; forswear.

3. Circumlocution

Vacuously, smugly, and unconsciously foolish.

The use of unnecessarily wordy and indirect language.

An underlying base or foundation especially for an organization or system.

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

4. Circumnavigate

To proceed completely around:

A doctrine holding that all values are baseless and that nothing can be known or communicated.

A plane curve formed by the intersection of a right circular cone and a plane parallel to an element of the cone.

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

5. Loquacious

To show servile deference.

Very talkative; garrulous.

Clear to the understanding.

Of, relating to, or produced by motion.

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