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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 


Antibiotics are medicines that treat infections by killing bacteria. Antibiotic resistance is when bacteria get used to an antibiotic and no longer respond to it.

McDonald’s on Tuesday announced steps to reduce the use of antibiotics in its global beef supply, a major commitment from the nation’s largest beef purchaser to address concerns about a rise in drug-resistant infections.
The Chicago Tribune, 12/17/2018

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. Irony

The iron-containing respiratory pigment in red blood cells of vertebrates.

Extremely rapid, hasty, or abrupt; precipitate.

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.

The use of words to express something different from and often opposite to their literal meaning.

2. Paradigm

Interchanged, given, or owed to each other.

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

A set of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices that constitutes a way of viewing reality

Needless repetition of the same sense in different words; redundancy.

3. Expurgate

Cheerfully confident; optimistic.

Having unlimited or universal power, authority, or force; all-powerful.

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

A sudden manifestation of the essence or meaning of something.

4. Gauche

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

Lacking social polish; tactless.

To endow with the rights of citizenship, especially the right to vote.

Tumultuous; stormy.

5. Abrogate

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

To insert or introduce between other elements or parts.

Full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning.

To modify, as by shortening or simplifying or by skewing the content in a certain manner.

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