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 


An epidemiologist is a doctor who specializes in the patterns of diseases that spread between people.

All of the victims were adults, chief epidemiologist Jawaid Asghar said.
The Dallas Morning News, 01/22/2018

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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. Quotidian

Shaking and vibration at the surface of the earth resulting from underground movement along a fault plane.

To proceed completely around:

Everyday; commonplace.

Overbearing pride or presumption; arrogance.

2. Mitosis

The process in cell division by which the nucleus divides.

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

Extremely rapid, hasty, or abrupt; precipitate.

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

3. Jejune

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

Interchanged, given, or owed to each other.

Not interesting; dull:

To separate or get rid of (an undesirable part); eliminate.

4. Totalitarian

A form of government in which the political authority exercises absolute and centralized control over all aspects of life,

Noninterference in the affairs of others.

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

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

5. Bowdlerize

To modify, as by shortening or simplifying or by skewing the content in a certain manner.

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

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

Characterized by affected, exaggerated, or insincere earnestness.

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