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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 


To feel or display discomfort or distress, as from reproof, embarrassment, pain, etc. To wriggle or writhe.

Trump squirmed Tuesday night when a retired chemical engineer asked him why he hasn’t pushed mask-wearing to slow the spread of coronavirus even as the pandemic death toll nears 200,000 Americans.
New York Daily News, 09/21/2020

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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. Supercilious

Lacking serious purpose or occupation; idle.

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

The side of a right triangle opposite the right angle.

Feeling or showing haughty disdain.

2. Suffragist

Interchanged, given, or owed to each other.

To weaken or destroy the strength or vitality of.

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

A product of disintegration, destruction, or wearing away; debris.

3. Feckless

Lacking purpose or vitality; feeble or ineffective.

The lowest point

To renounce under oath; forswear.

Something done or paid to compensate or make amends.

4. Impeach

Warlike in manner or temperament; pugnacious.

To make an accusation against.

A set of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices that constitutes a way of viewing reality

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

5. Quasar

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

The process in cell division by which the nucleus divides.

Having a harmful effect; injurious.

An extremely distant, and thus old, celestial object whose power output is several thousand times that of our entire galaxy.

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