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 that changes in character gradually or in very slight stages without any clear dividing points.

Instead, climate breakdown exists on a continuum where every 10th of a degree of additional heating means more death and suffering.
The Los Angeles Times, 09/16/2019

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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. Plasma

The side of a right triangle opposite the right angle.

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

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

A stock of terms used in a particular profession, subject, or style; a vocabulary:

2. Evanescent

Of or relating to a holding of something in trust for another.

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

Impossible to dispute; unquestionable

Vanishing or likely to vanish like vapor.

3. Nomenclature

A system of names used in an art or science:

To seize another’s place, authority, or possession wrongfully.

Having a harmful effect; injurious.

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

4. Xenophobe

A person unduly fearful or contemptuous of that which is foreign, especially of strangers or foreign peoples.

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

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

Playfully jocular; humorous

5. Deciduous

Playfully jocular; humorous

To show servile deference.

Falling off or shed at a specific season or stage of growth:

Not limited to or associated with a particular religious denomination.

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