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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 


Antibiotics are medicines that treat infections by killing bacteria. Antibiotic resistance is when bacteria get used to an antibiotic and no longer respond to it.

McDonald’s on Tuesday announced steps to reduce the use of antibiotics in its global beef supply, a major commitment from the nation’s largest beef purchaser to address concerns about a rise in drug-resistant infections.
The Chicago Tribune, 12/17/2018

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. Usurp

A sudden manifestation of the essence or meaning of something.

The use of words to express something different from and often opposite to their literal meaning.

To seize another’s place, authority, or possession wrongfully.

A plane curve formed by the intersection of a right circular cone and a plane parallel to an element of the cone.

2. Precipitous

To insert or introduce between other elements or parts.

Extremely rapid, hasty, or abrupt; precipitate.

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

Lacking serious purpose or occupation; idle.

3. Ziggurat

A part, portion, or share.

Vanishing or likely to vanish like vapor.

A temple tower of the ancient Assyrians and Babylonians, having the form of a terraced pyramid of successively receding stories.

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

4. Suffragist

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

Physics that deals with the relationships and conversions between heat and other forms of energy.

Logical incongruity

A dramatic or literary form of discourse in which a character talks to himself or herself or reveals his or her thoughts without addressing a listener.

5. Reparation

Something done or paid to compensate or make amends.

To impress (something) upon the mind of another by frequent instruction or repetition; instill.

Having a bad disposition; surly.

To endow with the rights of citizenship, especially the right to vote.

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