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 


A respite from impending punishment, as from execution of a sentence of death.

Officials and administration supporters argue that programs designed to be short-lived reprieves had remained in place for years or even decades after the upheavals that first triggered them, in some cases shielding people who came illegally or overstayed visas.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, 03/19/2018

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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. Hubris

The predominant influence, as of a state, region, or group, over another or others.

Impossible to dispute; unquestionable

Overbearing pride or presumption; arrogance.

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.

2. Epiphany

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

Something done or paid to compensate or make amends.

Interchanged, given, or owed to each other.

A sudden manifestation of the essence or meaning of something.

3. Contradiction

Logical incongruity

Full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning.

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

The use of unnecessarily wordy and indirect language.

4. Polymer

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

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

Quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgment or insight.

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

5. Chicanery

Very talkative; garrulous.

Deception by trickery or sophistry.

A dramatic or literary form of discourse in which a character talks to himself or herself or reveals his or her thoughts without addressing a listener.

Extremely rapid, hasty, or abrupt; precipitate.

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