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 job usually for a specified time.

Row is part of the “gig-economy” of independent workers in Colorado — a growing number of whom use phone apps such as Uber, Lyft and Airbnb to connect directly with customers and allow more flexibility than traditional work.
The Denver Post, 08/14/2017

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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. Wrought

To separate or get rid of (an undesirable part); eliminate.

The use of obstructionist tactics, especially prolonged speechmaking, for the purpose of delaying legislative action.

Having a bad disposition; surly.

Put together; created.

2. Oligarchy

Noninterference in the affairs of others.

Characterized by affected, exaggerated, or insincere earnestness.

Government by a few, especially by a small faction of persons or families.

Division into ordered groups or categories.

3. Circumnavigate

Lacking or marked by a lack of self-confidence; shy and timid.

A person unduly fearful or contemptuous of that which is foreign, especially of strangers or foreign peoples.

To proceed completely around:

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

4. Supercilious

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

A factor that determines a range of variations; a boundary

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

Feeling or showing haughty disdain.

5. Parabola

The act or process of inhaling and exhaling; breathing.

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

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

To abolish, do away with, or annul, especially by authority.

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