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 


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

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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. Mosaic

The right or privilege of voting; franchise.

Exceeding the limits of propriety or good manners; improperly forward or bold

A picture or decorative design made by setting small colored pieces, as of stone or tile, into a surface.

Any of various relatively small sailing or motor-driven vessels used for pleasure cruises or racing.

2. Voracious

Of or relating to the range of invisible radiation wavelengths from about 4 nanometers, on the border of the x-ray region, to about 380 nanometers, just beyond the violet in the visible spectrum.

Consuming or eager to consume great amounts of food; ravenous.

A grotesque ornamental figure or projection.

Incorrectness of reasoning or belief

3. Technique

The distance that light travels in a vacuum in one year.

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

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

To stress or emphasize; intensify

4. Jaunty

Having a buoyant or self-confident air; brisk.

A very large and destructive wave, generally caused by a tremendous disturbance in the ocean, such as an undersea earthquake or volcanic eruption.

Enforced isolation or restriction of free movement imposed to prevent the spread of contagious disease.

A poisonous substance, especially a protein, that is produced by living cells or organisms.

5. Nocturnal

Of, relating to, or occurring in the night

A form of a verb that in some languages, such as English, can function independently as an adjective.

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

An unstable, poisonous allotrope of oxygen.

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