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 list or supply of the dramas, pieces, or parts that a company or person is prepared to perform.

The story of his immigrant parents, the poetry recitations and the historical references have been part of Blagojevich’s repertoire since his earliest days in politics.
The Chicago Tribune, 02/24/2020

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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. Tautology

A part, portion, or share.

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

Vacuously, smugly, and unconsciously foolish.

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

2. Soliloquy

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

A dramatic or literary form of discourse in which a character talks to himself or herself or reveals his or her thoughts without addressing a listener.

To increase the positive charge or valence of (an element) by removing electrons.

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

3. Tectonic

Having a bad disposition; surly.

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


Of, relating to, or produced by motion.

4. Parameter

To picture falsely; misrepresent.

The lowest point

A factor that determines a range of variations; a boundary

Of the same or similar nature or kind

5. Interpolate

A circular strand of DNA in bacteria that contains the hereditary information necessary for cell life.

Having one’s true identity concealed.

To insert or introduce between other elements or parts.

The use of obstructionist tactics, especially prolonged speechmaking, for the purpose of delaying legislative action.

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