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 refuge granted by a sovereign state to a person who has been persecuted in their own country.

It was intended to provide guidance on the agency’s new interpretation of asylum law, which sought to make it harder for victims of domestic violence or gang violence to qualify for asylum in the U.S.
The Denver Post, 10/22/2018

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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. Inculcate

A set of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices that constitutes a way of viewing reality

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

Having a bad disposition; surly.

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

2. Parameter

A factor that determines a range of variations; a boundary

Something done or paid to compensate or make amends.

Feeling or showing haughty disdain.

Interchanged, given, or owed to each other.

3. Respiration

The act or process of inhaling and exhaling; breathing.

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

Full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning.

A diligent, dependable worker.

4. Precipitous

A diligent, dependable worker.

The use of unnecessarily wordy and indirect language.

Extremely rapid, hasty, or abrupt; precipitate.

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. Fatuous

The basic unit of currency among participating European Union countries.

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

Playfully jocular; humorous

Vacuously, smugly, and unconsciously foolish.

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