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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. Parameter

A plane curve formed by the intersection of a right circular cone and a plane parallel to an element of the cone.

A factor that determines a range of variations; a boundary

Playfully jocular; humorous

Not limited to or associated with a particular religious denomination.


2. Auspicious

Attended by favorable circumstances; propitious.

Extremely rapid, hasty, or abrupt; precipitate.

Overbearing pride or presumption; arrogance.

The side of a right triangle opposite the right angle.


3. Polymer

Any of numerous natural and synthetic compounds consisting of up to millions of repeated linked units,

A sudden manifestation of the essence or meaning of something.

To impress (something) upon the mind of another by frequent instruction or repetition; instill.

To weaken or destroy the strength or vitality of.


4. Quotidian

Interchanged, given, or owed to each other.

Everyday; commonplace.

The process in cell division by which the nucleus divides.

To modify, as by shortening or simplifying or by skewing the content in a certain manner.


5. Temblor

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

To make an accusation against.

Clear to the understanding.

A marked change in appearance, character, condition, or function.


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