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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 phrase important to comprehension or expression. Students are then asked to find the words within the newspaper and copy the sentence for context to its 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

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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. Quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgment or insight.

Gerrymander

Tautology

Circumlocution

Acumen


2. A circular strand of DNA in bacteria that contains the hereditary information necessary for cell life.

Auspicious

Gauche

Chromosome

Hypotenuse


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

Circumnavigate

Lexicon

Impeach

Tectonic


4. The lowest point

Tectonic

Contradiction

Nomenclature

Nadir


5. Vanishing or likely to vanish like vapor.

Epiphany

Expurgate

Fatuous

Evanescent


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