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 phrase important to comprehension or expression. Students are then asked to find the words within the newspaper and copy the sentence for context to its overall meaning or function in a sentence.
This Week's Word In The News 


Hindering from passage, action, or operation; to block or close up.

Klein was arrested Thursday in Virginia and faces charges including obstructing Congress and assaulting officers using a dangerous weapon.
The Tampa Bay Times, 03/08/2021

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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. Fatuous

The process in green plants and certain other organisms by which carbohydrates are synthesized from carbon dioxide and water using light as an energy source.

Tumultuous; stormy.

Eating and drinking in moderation.

Vacuously, smugly, and unconsciously foolish.

2. Hegemony

To weaken or destroy the strength or vitality of.

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

Quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgment or insight.

Warlike in manner or temperament; pugnacious.

3. Kowtow

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

To show servile deference.

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

Lacking purpose or vitality; feeble or ineffective.

4. Oxidize

Of or relating to money

To increase the positive charge or valence of (an element) by removing electrons.

To certify or attest to (the validity of a signature on a document, for example) as a notary public.

A system of names used in an art or science:

5. Hubris

To repeat in concise form. To make a summary.

Overbearing pride or presumption; arrogance.

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

The act or process of inhaling and exhaling; breathing.

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