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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. Maneuver

A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.

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

Relating to a system of writing, such as that of ancient Egypt, in which pictorial symbols are used to represent meaning or sounds or a combination of meaning and sound.

Incorrectness of reasoning or belief

2. Dialogue

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

Conversation between characters in a drama or narrative

A drawing consisting of the outline of something, especially a human profile, filled in with a solid color.

A person with masterly skill or technique in the arts.

3. Quota

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

A proportional part or share.

A metric unit of length equal to 1,000 meters (0.62 mile).

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

4. Immune

The drawing of a conclusion by reasoning; the act of deducing.

To have a great ambition or ultimate goal

Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt.

One thing conceived as representing another; a symbol.

5. Embargo

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

To honor the memory of with a ceremony

A person authorized to act as representative for another; a deputy.

The science and art of using all the forces of a nation to execute approved plans as effectively as possible during peace or war.

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