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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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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

Being without or almost without hope

A person with masterly skill or technique in the arts.

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

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


2. Rainforest

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

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

In a deplorable state of distress or misfortune; miserable.

The locus of points for which the sum of the distances from each point to two fixed points is equal


3. Introspection

The act of resting or the state of being at rest.

Self-examination.

Inspiring awe, admiration, or wonder

Appropriateness of behavior or conduct


4. Tundra

A grotesque ornamental figure or projection.

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

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

The method or result of concealing personnel or equipment from an enemy by making them appear to be part of the natural surroundings


5. Hologram

The method or result of concealing personnel or equipment from an enemy by making them appear to be part of the natural surroundings

To take in by elaborate methods of deceit

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

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


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