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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. Spectrum

A relationship of mutual benefit or dependence.

Having a buoyant or self-confident air; brisk.

The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.

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

2. Exponent

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

Of, relating to, or occurring in the night

Forfeiture of something highly valued for the sake of one considered to have a greater value or claim.

One that speaks for, represents, or advocates

3. Technique

The systematic procedure by which a complex or scientific task is accomplished.

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

To honor the memory of with a ceremony

A treeless area between the icecap and the tree line of Arctic regions, having a permanently frozen subsoil and supporting low-growing vegetation

4. Bandolier

An alteration or change, as in nature, form, or quality.

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

A picture or decorative design made by setting small colored pieces, as of stone or tile, into a surface.

One that takes in everything available, as with the mind.

5. Hypocrisy

The quality or state of being tranquil; serenity.

The practice of professing beliefs, feelings, or virtues that one does not hold or possess; falseness.

A prohibition by a government on certain or all trade with a foreign nation

One thing conceived as representing another; a symbol.

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