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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 


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

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. Chicanery

Vacuously, smugly, and unconsciously foolish.

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

Deception by trickery or sophistry.

To separate or get rid of (an undesirable part); eliminate.

2. Jejune

Lacking social polish; tactless.

Not interesting; dull:

Vanishing or likely to vanish like vapor.

Lacking or marked by a lack of self-confidence; shy and timid.

3. Totalitarian

A form of government in which the political authority exercises absolute and centralized control over all aspects of life,

Lacking serious purpose or occupation; idle.

To impress (something) upon the mind of another by frequent instruction or repetition; instill.

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

4. Lexicon

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

Warlike in manner or temperament; pugnacious.

A stock of terms used in a particular profession, subject, or style; a vocabulary:

Shaking and vibration at the surface of the earth resulting from underground movement along a fault plane.

5. Supercilious

A circular strand of DNA in bacteria that contains the hereditary information necessary for cell life.

Feeling or showing haughty disdain.

A system of names used in an art or science:

The process in green plants and certain other organisms by which carbohydrates are synthesized from carbon dioxide and water using light as an energy source.

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