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 phrase important to comprehension or expression. Students are then asked to find the words within the newspaper and copy the sentence for context to its overall meaning or function in a sentence.
This Week's Word In The News 


An article of trade or commerce, especially a product as distinguished from a service. Something of use, advantage, or value.

Proponents contend subjugating nature as a commodity, used to satisfy human demands, is leading to disaster as the climate warms, and they’re pressing for a new paradigm.
The Denver Post, 07/26/2021

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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. Homogeneous

Everyday; commonplace.

Shaking and vibration at the surface of the earth resulting from underground movement along a fault plane.

Division into ordered groups or categories.

Of the same or similar nature or kind

2. Tautology

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

The lowest point

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

A part, portion, or share.

3. Expurgate

The predominant influence, as of a state, region, or group, over another or others.

To remove erroneous, vulgar, obscene, or otherwise objectionable material from (a book, for example) before publication.

To insert or introduce between other elements or parts.

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

4. Epiphany

Lacking purpose or vitality; feeble or ineffective.

A sudden manifestation of the essence or meaning of something.

To modify, as by shortening or simplifying or by skewing the content in a certain manner.

The process in cell division by which the nucleus divides.

5. Abstemious

Eating and drinking in moderation.

To show servile deference.

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

Not limited to or associated with a particular religious denomination.

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