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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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. Inference

To proclaim publicly

Using or marked by the use of few words; terse or concise.

The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.

One who habitually takes advantage of the generosity of others without making any useful return.

2. Technique

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

An alteration or change, as in nature, form, or quality.

Either of two times of the year when the sun is at its greatest distance from the celestial equator.

A cult or religious movement, a group sharing particular (often unorthodox) political and/or religious beliefs.

3. Vertebrate

Harmful, malevolent, injurious. Harmfully cancerous.

Having a backbone or spinal column.

The food-conducting tissue of vascular plants, consisting of sieve tubes, fibers, parenchyma, and sclereids.

To stress or emphasize; intensify

4. Boisterous

To stress or emphasize; intensify

A dense evergreen forest occupying a tropical region with an annual rainfall of at least 100 inches.

Having no specific pattern, purpose, or objective.

Loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline

5. Strategy

An ammunition belt, worn over the shoulder, having loops or pockets for cartridges.

Incorrectness of reasoning or belief

One who rejects a religion, cause, allegiance, or group for another; a deserter.

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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