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 


Confinement or imprisonment, usually for a short time.

A push to ban privatized immigration detention centers across Illinois is headed for Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s desk.
The Chicago Tribune, 05/20/2019

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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. Reciprocal

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

To repeat in concise form. To make a summary.

To certify or attest to (the validity of a signature on a document, for example) as a notary public.

Interchanged, given, or owed to each other.

2. Acumen

A circular strand of DNA in bacteria that contains the hereditary information necessary for cell life.

The side of a right triangle opposite the right angle.

A sudden manifestation of the essence or meaning of something.

Quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgment or insight.

3. Lucid

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

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

To make an accusation against.

Clear to the understanding.

4. Winnow

Logical incongruity

Something done or paid to compensate or make amends.

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

To increase the positive charge or valence of (an element) by removing electrons.

5. Nihilism

A doctrine holding that all values are baseless and that nothing can be known or communicated.

To picture falsely; misrepresent.

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

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

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