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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. Acumen

Attended by favorable circumstances; propitious.

Not limited to or associated with a particular religious denomination.

The process in cell division by which the nucleus divides.

Quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgment or insight.


2. Usurp

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

Logical incongruity

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

To separate or get rid of (an undesirable part); eliminate.


3. Parameter

Of the same or similar nature or kind

Warlike in manner or temperament; pugnacious.

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

A factor that determines a range of variations; a boundary


4. Quasar

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

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.

To make an accusation against.

Characterized by forcefulness of expression or intensity of emotion or conviction; fervid.


5. Kowtow

To show servile deference.

Lacking purpose or vitality; feeble or ineffective.

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.

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


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