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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 statement or an account describing something.

Documents released Tuesday also revealed that Yanez couldn’t provide investigators with a detailed description of the driver of the car he pursued, thinking he resembled a suspect in a recent robbery.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, 06/26/2017

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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. Taxonomy

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

Everyday; commonplace.

Division into ordered groups or categories.

The iron-containing respiratory pigment in red blood cells of vertebrates.

2. Inculcate

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

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

To proceed completely around:

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

3. Thermodynamics

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

Tumultuous; stormy.

Extremely rapid, hasty, or abrupt; precipitate.

Full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning.

4. Bowdlerize

A system of names used in an art or science:

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

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

To insert or introduce between other elements or parts.

5. Lexicon

To insert or introduce between other elements or parts.

Government by a few, especially by a small faction of persons or families.

A marked change in appearance, character, condition, or function.

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

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