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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 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. Kinetic

To picture falsely; misrepresent.

To repeat in concise form. To make a summary.

Of, relating to, or produced by motion.

To bring under control; conquer.

2. Unctuous

Impossible to dispute; unquestionable

To make an accusation against.

Characterized by affected, exaggerated, or insincere earnestness.

To divide (a geographic area) into voting districts so as to give unfair advantage to one party in elections.

3. Polymer

A doctrine holding that all values are baseless and that nothing can be known or communicated.

To remove erroneous, vulgar, obscene, or otherwise objectionable material from (a book, for example) before publication.

Of or relating to a holding of something in trust for another.

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

4. Bowdlerize

The lowest point

Deception by trickery or sophistry.

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

A diligent, dependable worker.

5. Hypotenuse

Extremely rapid, hasty, or abrupt; precipitate.

The side of a right triangle opposite the right angle.

A sudden manifestation of the essence or meaning of something.

Warlike in manner or temperament; pugnacious.

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