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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 


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

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 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. Yeoman

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

Not interesting; dull:

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

A diligent, dependable worker.

2. Kinetic

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.

Of, relating to, or produced by motion.

Having unlimited or universal power, authority, or force; all-powerful.

A stock of terms used in a particular profession, subject, or style; a vocabulary:

3. Vortex

A stock of terms used in a particular profession, subject, or style; a vocabulary:

The lowest point

The art or study of correct spelling according to established usage.

A place or situation regarded as drawing into its center all that surrounds it.

4. Polymer

To picture falsely; misrepresent.

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

Attended by favorable circumstances; propitious.

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

5. Nihilism

An underlying base or foundation especially for an organization or system.

Mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially to an exaggerated or ludicrous degree.

The predominant influence, as of a state, region, or group, over another or others.

A doctrine holding that all values are baseless and that nothing can be known or communicated.

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