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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 

SMEAR

DEFINITION:
To publicly accuse someone of something unpleasant, unreasonable, or unlikely to be true in order to harm their reputation.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
But behind the scenes, many of the stories are directed by political groups and corporate PR firms to promote a Republican candidate or a company or to smear their rivals.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, 10/19/2020

Words in the News Quiz
5 Elementary 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. Scattered fragments, typically of something wrecked or destroyed

interdependence

gusto

current

debris


2. The dividing line or location between two areas.

acquire

diminish

boundary

multitude


3. Speech or language that is incomprehensible or unintelligible; gibberish.

symbolism

exhilarate

fragrance

jargon


4. To stick out

hasten

ominous

jut

accomplish


5. An assemblage or display; a gathering, collection of people or things.

muster

apprehensive

construct

brandish


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