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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 

SQUIRM

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

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
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

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. To divide (a geographic area) into voting districts so as to give unfair advantage to one party in elections.

Mitosis

Gerrymander

Detritus

Winnow


2. A person unduly fearful or contemptuous of that which is foreign, especially of strangers or foreign peoples.

Fiduciary

Xenophobe

Nanotechnology

Filibuster


3. A sudden manifestation of the essence or meaning of something.

Epiphany

Bellicose

Diffident

Acumen


4. Something done or paid to compensate or make amends.

Reparation

Parabola

Hubris

Quasar


5. Not interesting; dull:

Jejune

Parameter

Facetious

Homogeneous


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