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 


Something bizarre or ridiculously out-of-the-ordinary. Very odd, strange, or peculiar; fantastic.

At first, the question about the scam, as it was posed to Healy earlier this month, seemed too outlandish to be true.
The San Francisco Chronicle, 10/21/2019

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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. Totalitarian

Lacking social polish; tactless.

A form of government in which the political authority exercises absolute and centralized control over all aspects of life,

Vacuously, smugly, and unconsciously foolish.

A place or situation regarded as drawing into its center all that surrounds it.

2. Plasma

A place or situation regarded as drawing into its center all that surrounds it.

Not limited to or associated with a particular religious denomination.

To bring under control; conquer.

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

3. Jejune

Not interesting; dull:

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

Physics that deals with the relationships and conversions between heat and other forms of energy.

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

4. Circumlocution

The use of unnecessarily wordy and indirect language.

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

Of, relating to, or produced by motion.

Feeling or showing haughty disdain.

5. Inculcate

The side of a right triangle opposite the right angle.

To impress (something) upon the mind of another by frequent instruction or repetition; instill.

A factor that determines a range of variations; a boundary

The lowest point

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