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 organism that lives on or in an organism of another species, known as the host, from the body of which it obtains nutriment.

As parasites, they invade bacterial cells and use their machinery to replicate, destroying bacteria in the process.
The Dallas Morning News, 06/25/2018

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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. Hubris

Overbearing pride or presumption; arrogance.

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

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

A product of disintegration, destruction, or wearing away; debris.

2. Parabola

A product of disintegration, destruction, or wearing away; debris.

To picture falsely; misrepresent.

A plane curve formed by the intersection of a right circular cone and a plane parallel to an element of the cone.

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

3. Irony

To show servile deference.

Clear to the understanding.

Impossible to dispute; unquestionable

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

4. Gamete

Interchanged, given, or owed to each other.

The science and technology of building electronic circuits and devices from single atoms and molecules.

Characterized by affected, exaggerated, or insincere earnestness.

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. Suffragist

Something done or paid to compensate or make amends.

Of or relating to money

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

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

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