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 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. Chronology

The pattern produced on a photosensitive medium that has been exposed by holography and then photographically developed.

To proclaim publicly

A relationship of mutual benefit or dependence.

The arrangement of events in time


2. Hieroglyphic

Having a backbone or spinal column.

Relating to a system of writing, such as that of ancient Egypt, in which pictorial symbols are used to represent meaning or sounds or a combination of meaning and sound.

Grossly offensive to decency or morality.

To rejoice greatly; be jubilant or triumphant


3. Decorum

Appropriateness of behavior or conduct

The science and art of using all the forces of a nation to execute approved plans as effectively as possible during peace or war.

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

To pound, crush, or grind to a powder or dust.


4. Heritage

To pound, crush, or grind to a powder or dust.

The distribution of energy emitted by a radiant source, arranged in order of wavelengths.

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

The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.


5. Cower

To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive

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

A teacher and guide in spiritual and philosophical matters.

To cringe in fear


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