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 


Causing or involving great fear or suffering; dreadful; terrible.

As insulin prices have soared, some people have been forced to pursue alternatives such as seeking options from other countries, lower-quality products or rationing their supply of insulin, which can have dire consequences.
The Chicago Tribune, 01/27/2020

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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. Irony

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

Not interesting; dull:

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

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

2. Supercilious

Of or relating to a holding of something in trust for another.

Feeling or showing haughty disdain.

A person unduly fearful or contemptuous of that which is foreign, especially of strangers or foreign peoples.

To make an accusation against.

3. Belie

Of, relating to, or produced by motion.

To picture falsely; misrepresent.

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

To endow with the rights of citizenship, especially the right to vote.

4. Abstemious

Eating and drinking in moderation.

Falling off or shed at a specific season or stage of growth:

Vanishing or likely to vanish like vapor.

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

5. Vortex

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

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

An extremely distant, and thus old, celestial object whose power output is several thousand times that of our entire galaxy.

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

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