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 


Authoritatively ordered; obligatory; compulsory.

Back in Sonoma, resident Paul Giles had evacuated Tuesday, but after hearing reports about Saturday morning’s fires, he returned to check on his house, located in a mandatory evacuation zone a few miles east of downtown.
The San Jose Mercury News, 10/16/2017

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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. Tectonic


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

Vanishing or likely to vanish like vapor.

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

2. Vehement

Vanishing or likely to vanish like vapor.

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

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.

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

3. Supercilious

Feeling or showing haughty disdain.

Extremely rapid, hasty, or abrupt; precipitate.

The side of a right triangle opposite the right angle.

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

4. Winnow

To proceed completely around:

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

Characterized by affected, exaggerated, or insincere earnestness.

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

5. Acumen

The basic unit of currency among participating European Union countries.

Quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgment or insight.

A temple tower of the ancient Assyrians and Babylonians, having the form of a terraced pyramid of successively receding stories.

Needless repetition of the same sense in different words; redundancy.

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