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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 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 show servile deference.

Antebellum

Deleterious

Hegemony

Kowtow


2. Of or relating to money

Precipitous

Taxonomy

Polymer

Pecuniary


3. To abolish, do away with, or annul, especially by authority.

Reparation

Chromosome

Abrogate

Irony


4. To endow with the rights of citizenship, especially the right to vote.

Omnipotent

Xenophobe

Vortex

Enfranchise


5. A reproductive cell having the haploid number of chromosomes, especially a mature sperm or egg capable of fusing with a gamete of the opposite sex to produce the fertilized egg.

Euro

Abjure

Gamete

Circumlocution


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