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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 


Rigorous; unusually severe or cruel.

There are no proposals on the table to make draconian cuts or to make every American pay a fee or tax.
The Chicago Tribune, 12/11/2017

Words in the News Quiz
5 Elementary 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. scarcity

Natural ability to acquire knowledge or skill.

An attempt to deceive someone into believing that one can or will do something.

An inadequate amount of something; a shortage

Connection or association; the condition of being related.

2. deft

The rate of occurrence of anything; the relationship between incidence and time period.

Quick and neat in action; skillful.

A large or dense group of insects, esp. flying ones.

A deliberate action aimed at weakening an enemy through subversion, obstruction, disruption, and/or destruction.

3. influence

What something does or is used for.

The power to affect, control or manipulate something or someone; the ability to change the development of fluctuating things such as conduct, thoughts or decisions.

Existing or occurring at the moment.

The extent to which something matters; importance

4. ignite

The extent to which something matters; importance

Dark or dreary in character; joyless, and grim.

A particular geographic region.

To set fire to (something), to light (something)

5. except

Different from one another; of different kinds or sorts

To talk rapidly, indistinctly, or unintelligibly; to utter gibberish or nonsense.

The person, place or thing from which something (information, goods, etc.) comes or is acquired.

To exclude; to specify as being an exception.

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