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 


To swallow up in or as in a gulf; overwhelm.

A man was killed after his speeding Tesla crashed and became engulfed in flames at the intersection of West Las Positas Boulevard and Hacienda Drive in Pleasanton, police say.
The San Francisco Chronicle, 01/20/2020

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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. Tectonic

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

To weaken or destroy the strength or vitality of.

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


2. Wrought

The act or process of inhaling and exhaling; breathing.

Put together; created.

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

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

3. Paradigm

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

The art or study of correct spelling according to established usage.

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

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

4. Lexicon

Quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgment or insight.

A dramatic or literary form of discourse in which a character talks to himself or herself or reveals his or her thoughts without addressing a listener.

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

Tumultuous; stormy.

5. Jejune

Not interesting; dull:

Lacking serious purpose or occupation; idle.

A product of disintegration, destruction, or wearing away; debris.

To bring under control; conquer.

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