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 

PILFER

DEFINITION:
To steal without detection, especially in small quantities.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Thieves are pilfering railroad cars in a crime that harks back to the days of horseback-riding bandits, but is fueled by a host of modern realities, including the rise of e-commerce and Southern California’s role as a hub for the movement of goods.
The Los Angeles Times, 01/17/2022

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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. Tempestuous

To divide (a geographic area) into voting districts so as to give unfair advantage to one party in elections.

To picture falsely; misrepresent.

Tumultuous; stormy.

Interchanged, given, or owed to each other.


2. Plasma

A form of government in which the political authority exercises absolute and centralized control over all aspects of life,

The clear, yellowish fluid portion of blood, lymph, or intramuscular fluid in which cells are suspended.

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

Cheerfully confident; optimistic.


3. Deleterious

Cheerfully confident; optimistic.

Vacuously, smugly, and unconsciously foolish.

Any of numerous natural and synthetic compounds consisting of up to millions of repeated linked units,

Having a harmful effect; injurious.


4. Hemoglobin

The iron-containing respiratory pigment in red blood cells of vertebrates.

A system of names used in an art or science:

Mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially to an exaggerated or ludicrous degree.

To show servile deference.


5. Incontrovertible

Mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially to an exaggerated or ludicrous degree.

To show servile deference.

The basic unit of currency among participating European Union countries.

Impossible to dispute; unquestionable


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