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 


Antibiotics are medicines that treat infections by killing bacteria. Antibiotic resistance is when bacteria get used to an antibiotic and no longer respond to it.

McDonald’s on Tuesday announced steps to reduce the use of antibiotics in its global beef supply, a major commitment from the nation’s largest beef purchaser to address concerns about a rise in drug-resistant infections.
The Chicago Tribune, 12/17/2018

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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. Vacuous

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

Lacking serious purpose or occupation; idle.

A diligent, dependable worker.

The basic unit of currency among participating European Union countries.

2. Omnipotent

The basic unit of currency among participating European Union countries.

To make an accusation against.

Eating and drinking in moderation.

Having unlimited or universal power, authority, or force; all-powerful.

3. Hegemony

A place or situation regarded as drawing into its center all that surrounds it.

Vacuously, smugly, and unconsciously foolish.

Put together; created.

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

4. Subjugate

An advocate of the extension of political voting rights, especially to women.

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

Feeling or showing haughty disdain.

To bring under control; conquer.

5. Hypotenuse

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

The side of a right triangle opposite the right angle.

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

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

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