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 

DEVASTATING

DEFINITION:
Tending or threatening to lay to waste or overwhelm.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
The Secret Service on Thursday published a national school safety guide that urged districts to take major steps in the wake of continuing school shootings, like February’s devastating attack that killed 17 in Parkland, Fla.
The Dayton Daily News, 07/16/2018

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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. Hypotenuse

Not limited to or associated with a particular religious denomination.

The use of unnecessarily wordy and indirect language.

The side of a right triangle opposite the right angle.

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


2. Quotidian

To remove erroneous, vulgar, obscene, or otherwise objectionable material from (a book, for example) before publication.

Everyday; commonplace.

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

To repeat in concise form. To make a summary.


3. Loquacious

Very talkative; garrulous.

Architectural.

Full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning.

The clear, yellowish fluid portion of blood, lymph, or intramuscular fluid in which cells are suspended.


4. Reciprocal

Full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning.

The clear, yellowish fluid portion of blood, lymph, or intramuscular fluid in which cells are suspended.

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

Interchanged, given, or owed to each other.


5. Chromosome

Warlike in manner or temperament; pugnacious.

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

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

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


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