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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 

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

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. Heritage

The act of resting or the state of being at rest.

To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive

Forfeiture of something highly valued for the sake of one considered to have a greater value or claim.

Something that is passed down from preceding generations; a tradition.


2. Guerrilla

Loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline

In a deplorable state of distress or misfortune; miserable.

A member of an irregular, usually indigenous military or paramilitary unit operating in small bands in occupied territory to harass and undermine the enemy

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


3. Silhouette

A person with masterly skill or technique in the arts.

A drawing consisting of the outline of something, especially a human profile, filled in with a solid color.

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

Inspiring awe, admiration, or wonder


4. Lichen

A fungus, usually of the class Ascomycetes, that grows symbiotically with algae,

Self-examination.

A state of uncertainty or perplexity.

Similarity in some respects between things that are otherwise dissimilar.


5. Outrageous

A state of uncertainty or perplexity.

Similarity in some respects between things that are otherwise dissimilar.

The pattern produced on a photosensitive medium that has been exposed by holography and then photographically developed.

Grossly offensive to decency or morality.


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