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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 Elementary 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. hasten

To move in a quick fashion.

Flexible, liable to change.

Firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition

Capable of doing many things competently

2. dismal

Capable of doing many things competently

A barrier constructed across a road, especially as a military defense.

Disappointingly inadequate; gloomy and bleak.

An opponent or rival.

3. swarm

A large or dense group of insects, esp. flying ones.

To notice or view, especially carefully or with attention to detail.

An individual step, or stage, in any process or scale of values.

A bold, or arrogant strut.

4. oppose

A thing that is granted, esp. in response to demands.

To attempt to stop the progression of.

Obvious or easy to notice.

Connection or association; the condition of being related.

5. classify

A deliberate action aimed at weakening an enemy through subversion, obstruction, disruption, and/or destruction.

To identify by or divide into classes; to categorize.

Facts or observations presented in support of an assertion.

A process by which a task is completed; a way of doing something.

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