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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 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. Undulate

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

To honor the memory of with a ceremony

A preparation of a weakened or killed pathogen.

To move in waves or with a smooth, wavelike motion.


2. Analogy

Similarity in some respects between things that are otherwise dissimilar.

To swing indecisively from one course of action or opinion to another.

To move back or away from a limit, point, or mark

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


3. Typhoon

A member of an irregular, usually indigenous military or paramilitary unit operating in small bands in occupied territory to harass and undermine the enemy

A weather phenomenon in the Eastern Pacific that is precisely equivalent to a hurricane.

Incorrectness of reasoning or belief

Being without or almost without hope


4. Lichen

Being without or almost without hope

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 fungus, usually of the class Ascomycetes, that grows symbiotically with algae,


5. Gargoyle

A state of uncertainty or perplexity.

A very large and destructive wave, generally caused by a tremendous disturbance in the ocean, such as an undersea earthquake or volcanic eruption.

A relationship of mutual benefit or dependence.

A grotesque ornamental figure or projection.


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