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 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. Polymer

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

Falling off or shed at a specific season or stage of growth:

Lacking or marked by a lack of self-confidence; shy and timid.

Put together; created.


2. Nomenclature

A system of names used in an art or science:

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

Playfully jocular; humorous

A form of government in which the political authority exercises absolute and centralized control over all aspects of life,


3. Acumen

Playfully jocular; humorous

A form of government in which the political authority exercises absolute and centralized control over all aspects of life,

A set of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices that constitutes a way of viewing reality

Quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgment or insight.


4. Jejune

Not interesting; dull:

Very talkative; garrulous.

Shaking and vibration at the surface of the earth resulting from underground movement along a fault plane.

A reproductive cell having the haploid number of chromosomes, especially a mature sperm or egg capable of fusing with a gamete of the opposite sex to produce the fertilized egg.


5. Incontrovertible

Impossible to dispute; unquestionable

An advocate of the extension of political voting rights, especially to women.

To bring under control; conquer.

Interchanged, given, or owed to each other.


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