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 phrase important to comprehension or expression. Students are then asked to find the words within the newspaper and copy the sentence for context to its overall meaning or function in a sentence.
This Week's Word In The News 


A means of connection; tie; link.

“We know that members of the militia groups that were present on Jan. 6 have stated their desire that they want to blow up the Capitol and kill as many members as possible, with a direct nexus to the State of the Union,” Pittman said during her testimony.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution, 02/01/2021

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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. Lucid

Interchanged, given, or owed to each other.

Physics that deals with the relationships and conversions between heat and other forms of energy.

Clear to the understanding.

Extremely rapid, hasty, or abrupt; precipitate.

2. Belie

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

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

To picture falsely; misrepresent.

A stock of terms used in a particular profession, subject, or style; a vocabulary:

3. Ziggurat

Overbearing pride or presumption; arrogance.

Mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially to an exaggerated or ludicrous degree.

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

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

4. Hegemony

Any of numerous natural and synthetic compounds consisting of up to millions of repeated linked units,

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

Attended by favorable circumstances; propitious.

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.

5. Reparation

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

Logical incongruity

Something done or paid to compensate or make amends.

Either of two points on the celestial sphere at which the ecliptic intersects the celestial equator.

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