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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. Virtuoso

A person with masterly skill or technique in the arts.

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

An embankment built to prevent flooding

Harmful, malevolent, injurious. Harmfully cancerous.

2. Bamboozle

To take in by elaborate methods of deceit

The repetition of the same sounds or of the same kinds of sounds at the beginning of words or in stressed syllables

Exceeding the limits of propriety or good manners; improperly forward or bold

Sharing the same opinions or views; being in complete harmony or accord.

3. Tariff

A schedule of prices or fees.

One that is inconvenient, annoying, or vexatious; a bother.

A state of uncertainty or perplexity.

An ammunition belt, worn over the shoulder, having loops or pockets for cartridges.

4. Metaphor

One thing conceived as representing another; a symbol.

A characteristic rate or rhythm of activity; a pace

Either of two times of the year when the sun is at its greatest distance from the celestial equator.

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

5. Eclectic

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

Enforced isolation or restriction of free movement imposed to prevent the spread of contagious disease.

A poisonous substance, especially a protein, that is produced by living cells or organisms.

A dense evergreen forest occupying a tropical region with an annual rainfall of at least 100 inches.

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