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 


Necessary. Very important; of high importance.

What exactly is an “essential” store that can stay open over the next two weeks during Minnesota’s stay-at-home order?
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, 03/30/2020

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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. Contradiction

Logical incongruity

Division into ordered groups or categories.

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

To picture falsely; misrepresent.

2. Irony

Deception by trickery or sophistry.

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

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

Vanishing or likely to vanish like vapor.

3. Polymer

Lacking or marked by a lack of self-confidence; shy and timid.

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

A part, portion, or share.

Having unlimited or universal power, authority, or force; all-powerful.

4. Laissez faire

A factor that determines a range of variations; a boundary

Noninterference in the affairs of others.

Put together; created.

Not limited to or associated with a particular religious denomination.

5. Nanotechnology

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

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

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

The iron-containing respiratory pigment in red blood cells of vertebrates.

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