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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 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. A circular strand of DNA in bacteria that contains the hereditary information necessary for cell life.

Nadir

Tautology

Chromosome

Infrastructure


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

Abrogate

Antebellum

Enfranchise

Orthography


3. Division into ordered groups or categories.

Moiety

Bowdlerize

Vortex

Taxonomy


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

Equinox

Photosynthesis

Acumen

Unctuous


5. To certify or attest to (the validity of a signature on a document, for example) as a notary public.

Unctuous

Laissez faire

Notarize

Nonsectarian


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