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 


Tending or threatening to lay to waste or overwhelm.

The Secret Service on Thursday published a national school safety guide that urged districts to take major steps in the wake of continuing school shootings, like February’s devastating attack that killed 17 in Parkland, Fla.
The Dayton Daily News, 07/16/2018

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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. Incognito

Lacking serious purpose or occupation; idle.

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

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

Having one’s true identity concealed.

2. Reparation

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

Eating and drinking in moderation.

Something done or paid to compensate or make amends.

Government by a few, especially by a small faction of persons or families.

3. Auspicious

Overbearing pride or presumption; arrogance.

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

Attended by favorable circumstances; propitious.

The use of unnecessarily wordy and indirect language.

4. Metamorphosis

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

A place or situation regarded as drawing into its center all that surrounds it.

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

The side of a right triangle opposite the right angle.

5. Unctuous

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

Very talkative; garrulous.

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

Characterized by affected, exaggerated, or insincere earnestness.

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