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 indulge in conjectural thought.

Asked Sunday morning whether wind speeds could have contributed to the crash, Bradley said he would “not begin to speculate.”
The Las Vegas Review-Journal, 02/12/2018

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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. Diffident

Having one’s true identity concealed.

Lacking or marked by a lack of self-confidence; shy and timid.

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

Vanishing or likely to vanish like vapor.

2. Vehement

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

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

Characterized by forcefulness of expression or intensity of emotion or conviction; fervid.

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

3. Nomenclature

A reproductive cell having the haploid number of chromosomes, especially a mature sperm or egg capable of fusing with a gamete of the opposite sex to produce the fertilized egg.

Tumultuous; stormy.

To weaken or destroy the strength or vitality of.

A system of names used in an art or science:

4. Antebellum

Of or relating to money

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

The process in cell division by which the nucleus divides.

Belonging to the period before a war, especially the American Civil War.

5. Loquacious

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

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

Very talkative; garrulous.

The use of unnecessarily wordy and indirect language.

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