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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 

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

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

compose

sabotage

repugnant

momentum


2. To influence or alter.

zeal

relationship

affect

pristine


3. To run away with quick light steps, to scamper.

value

scurry

current

swagger


4. To hear a conversation one is not intended to hear; to listen in.

swagger

contortion

fragrance

eavesdrop


5. A movement or series of moves requiring skill and care

obstacles

tactic

ominous

vulnerable


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