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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 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. Enervate

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

To weaken or destroy the strength or vitality of.

To increase the positive charge or valence of (an element) by removing electrons.

Interchanged, given, or owed to each other.

2. Gerrymander

Belonging to the period before a war, especially the American Civil War.

To divide (a geographic area) into voting districts so as to give unfair advantage to one party in elections.

Lacking serious purpose or occupation; idle.

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

3. Obsequious

Cheerfully confident; optimistic.

Eating and drinking in moderation.

Full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning.

The use of obstructionist tactics, especially prolonged speechmaking, for the purpose of delaying legislative action.

4. Quotidian

Lacking purpose or vitality; feeble or ineffective.

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

Everyday; commonplace.

The act or process of inhaling and exhaling; breathing.

5. Temblor

A doctrine holding that all values are baseless and that nothing can be known or communicated.

A sudden manifestation of the essence or meaning of something.

Logical incongruity

Shaking and vibration at the surface of the earth resulting from underground movement along a fault plane.

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