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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 

DRACONIAN

DEFINITION:
Rigorous; unusually severe or cruel.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
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 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. Lugubrious

Mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially to an exaggerated or ludicrous degree.

Of the same or similar nature or kind

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

Architectural.


2. Supercilious

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

Architectural.

Vacuously, smugly, and unconsciously foolish.

Feeling or showing haughty disdain.


3. Kowtow

Not limited to or associated with a particular religious denomination.

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

To show servile deference.

Characterized by affected, exaggerated, or insincere earnestness.


4. Churlish

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

Having a bad disposition; surly.

The basic unit of currency among participating European Union countries.

A sudden manifestation of the essence or meaning of something.


5. Abrogate

A sudden manifestation of the essence or meaning of something.

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.

An extremely distant, and thus old, celestial object whose power output is several thousand times that of our entire galaxy.

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


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