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 paved public walk, typically one along a waterfront at a resort.

Gunfire erupted Friday morning near the Third Street promenade in Santa Monica when a guard carrying money from an armored truck shot at a man armed with a knife who police say tried to rob him.
The Los Angeles Times, 08/19/2019

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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. Photosynthesis

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

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.

Impossible to dispute; unquestionable

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

2. Nonsectarian

Characterized by affected, exaggerated, or insincere earnestness.

Not limited to or associated with a particular religious denomination.

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

A set of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices that constitutes a way of viewing reality

3. Plasma

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

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

Of the same or similar nature or kind

Of or relating to a holding of something in trust for another.

4. Lugubrious

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

Falling off or shed at a specific season or stage of growth:

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

Eating and drinking in moderation.

5. Kowtow

To show servile deference.

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


The use of unnecessarily wordy and indirect language.

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