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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 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

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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. Outrageous

Any of various relatively small sailing or motor-driven vessels used for pleasure cruises or racing.

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

Any of several rod-shaped bacteria, of the genus Salmonella, that cause food poisoning and other diseases.

Grossly offensive to decency or morality.

2. Pulverize

Conversation between characters in a drama or narrative

To pound, crush, or grind to a powder or dust.

To move back or away from a limit, point, or mark

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

3. Deign

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

A person with masterly skill or technique in the arts.

The right or privilege of voting; franchise.

To condescend to give or grant

4. Maneuver

To rejoice greatly; be jubilant or triumphant

An elevated, comparatively level expanse of land; a tableland.

A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.

A rebirth or revival.

5. Toxin

The branch of biology that deals with animals and animal life, including the study of the structure, physiology, development, and classification of animals.

To have a great ambition or ultimate goal

A metric unit of length equal to 1,000 meters (0.62 mile).

A poisonous substance, especially a protein, that is produced by living cells or organisms.

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