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 


Necessary. Very important; of high importance.

What exactly is an “essential” store that can stay open over the next two weeks during Minnesota’s stay-at-home order?
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, 03/30/2020

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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. Enfranchise

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

Having one’s true identity concealed.

Of or relating to money

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

2. Wrought

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

Lacking serious purpose or occupation; idle.

Put together; created.

Attended by favorable circumstances; propitious.

3. Equinox

A circular strand of DNA in bacteria that contains the hereditary information necessary for cell life.

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

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

Characterized by affected, exaggerated, or insincere earnestness.

4. Tempestuous

Feeling or showing haughty disdain.

Tumultuous; stormy.

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

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

5. Epiphany

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

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

Division into ordered groups or categories.

A sudden manifestation of the essence or meaning of something.

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