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 


Confinement or imprisonment, usually for a short time.

A push to ban privatized immigration detention centers across Illinois is headed for Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s desk.
The Chicago Tribune, 05/20/2019

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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. Filibuster

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

To repeat in concise form. To make a summary.

Vacuously, smugly, and unconsciously foolish.

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

2. Contradiction

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

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

Logical incongruity

Not limited to or associated with a particular religious denomination.

3. Abjure

To renounce under oath; forswear.

Of the same or similar nature or kind

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

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

4. Paradigm

Lacking purpose or vitality; feeble or ineffective.

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

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

Belonging to the period before a war, especially the American Civil War.

5. Vehement

The use of unnecessarily wordy and indirect language.

Full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning.

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

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

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