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 failure to function or defective functioning.

With most planned fixes left undone, AC malfunctions increased this year in many of the district's 165 traditional schools and other facilities, The Post found.
The Palm Beach Post, 10/15/2018

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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. Enervate

Overbearing pride or presumption; arrogance.

The act or process of inhaling and exhaling; breathing.

To weaken or destroy the strength or vitality of.

Deception by trickery or sophistry.

2. Plasma

Very talkative; garrulous.

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

To show servile deference.

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

3. Feckless

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

An extremely distant, and thus old, celestial object whose power output is several thousand times that of our entire galaxy.

Lacking purpose or vitality; feeble or ineffective.

A diligent, dependable worker.

4. Paradigm

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

Vacuously, smugly, and unconsciously foolish.

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

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

5. Evanescent

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.

Vanishing or likely to vanish like vapor.

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

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

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