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 


Causing or involving great fear or suffering; dreadful; terrible.

As insulin prices have soared, some people have been forced to pursue alternatives such as seeking options from other countries, lower-quality products or rationing their supply of insulin, which can have dire consequences.
The Chicago Tribune, 01/27/2020

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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. Parameter

Either of two points on the celestial sphere at which the ecliptic intersects the celestial equator.

A diligent, dependable worker.

A factor that determines a range of variations; a boundary

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

2. Photosynthesis

Not interesting; dull:

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.

Very talkative; garrulous.

Clear to the understanding.

3. Nanotechnology

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

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

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

To renounce under oath; forswear.

4. Subjugate

To bring under control; conquer.

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

Playfully jocular; humorous

Any of numerous natural and synthetic compounds consisting of up to millions of repeated linked units,

5. Irony

Of the same or similar nature or kind

The use of words to express something different from and often opposite to their literal meaning.

The use of unnecessarily wordy and indirect language.

Put together; created.

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