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 


Causing great horror; horribly repugnant; grisly.

The coordinated strike marked the second time in a year that Trump has used force against Assad, who U.S. officials believe has continued to test the West’s willingness to accept gruesome chemical attacks.
The Denver Post, 04/16/2018

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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. Deleterious

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.

Everyday; commonplace.

Vacuously, smugly, and unconsciously foolish.

Having a harmful effect; injurious.

2. Incognito

To endow with the rights of citizenship, especially the right to vote.

Having one’s true identity concealed.

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

The art or study of correct spelling according to established usage.

3. Hypotenuse

The side of a right triangle opposite the right angle.

A factor that determines a range of variations; a boundary

Something done or paid to compensate or make amends.

The basic unit of currency among participating European Union countries.

4. Auspicious

The basic unit of currency among participating European Union countries.

Deception by trickery or sophistry.

Attended by favorable circumstances; propitious.

Lacking serious purpose or occupation; idle.

5. Abrogate

Warlike in manner or temperament; pugnacious.

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

To abolish, do away with, or annul, especially by authority.

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

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