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 security measure taken during an emergency to prevent people from leaving or entering a building.

The lockdown alarm had sounded just before the end of the day and there had been no announcement that there would be a drill.
The Denver Post, 04/22/2019

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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. Xenophobe

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

Clear to the understanding.

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


2. Kowtow

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


Playfully jocular; humorous

To show servile deference.

3. Winnow

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

A sudden manifestation of the essence or meaning of something.

A set of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices that constitutes a way of viewing reality

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.

4. Homogeneous

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

Of the same or similar nature or kind

To insert or introduce between other elements or parts.

Full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning.

5. Vortex

A place or situation regarded as drawing into its center all that surrounds it.

Noninterference in the affairs of others.

Having a bad disposition; surly.

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

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