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 


A difference or contrast between similar things or people.

Here’s one more dubious distinction for San Jose and San Francisco: The two metro areas are the runaway national leaders in the amount of household income needed to buy a house.
The San Jose Mercury News, 11/27/2017

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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

Vacuously, smugly, and unconsciously foolish.

To modify, as by shortening or simplifying or by skewing the content in a certain manner.

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

Tumultuous; stormy.

2. Tectonic

Of the same or similar nature or kind


A sudden manifestation of the essence or meaning of something.

To make an accusation against.

3. Nanotechnology

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

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

The use of unnecessarily wordy and indirect language.

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

4. Hemoglobin

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

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

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

A marked change in appearance, character, condition, or function.

5. Gerrymander

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

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

To seize another’s place, authority, or possession wrongfully.

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

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