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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 


Rigorous; unusually severe or cruel.

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 Middle 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. Inference

To proclaim publicly

Of, relating to, or occurring in the night

The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.

Something that is passed down from preceding generations; a tradition.

2. Renegade

One who rejects a religion, cause, allegiance, or group for another; a deserter.

The drawing of a conclusion by reasoning; the act of deducing.

To take in by elaborate methods of deceit

A person authorized to act as representative for another; a deputy.

3. Wretched

Having a backbone or spinal column.

In a deplorable state of distress or misfortune; miserable.

Any of various relatively small sailing or motor-driven vessels used for pleasure cruises or racing.

Strikingly unconventional and far-fetched in style or appearance; odd

4. Ozone

An unstable, poisonous allotrope of oxygen.

The food-conducting tissue of vascular plants, consisting of sieve tubes, fibers, parenchyma, and sclereids.

One who habitually takes advantage of the generosity of others without making any useful return.

A disorderly commotion or disturbance.

5. Eclectic

A disorderly commotion or disturbance.

The method or result of concealing personnel or equipment from an enemy by making them appear to be part of the natural surroundings

Selecting or employing individual elements from a variety of sources, systems, or styles

Any of various nonplacental mammals, including kangaroos, opossums, bandicoots, and wombats, found principally in Australia and the Americas.

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