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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 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. Quandary

The repetition of the same sounds or of the same kinds of sounds at the beginning of words or in stressed syllables

A person with masterly skill or technique in the arts.

A state of uncertainty or perplexity.

A Y-shaped protein on the surface of B cells that is secreted into the blood or lymph in response to an antigenic stimulus


2. Suffrage

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

To stress or emphasize; intensify

The right or privilege of voting; franchise.

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


3. Bamboozle

The distance that light travels in a vacuum in one year.

To take in by elaborate methods of deceit

The locus of points for which the sum of the distances from each point to two fixed points is equal

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


4. Guerrilla

An unstable, poisonous allotrope of oxygen.

A person authorized to act as representative for another; a deputy.

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

A diffuse mass of interstellar dust or gas or both, visible as luminous patches or areas of darkness


5. Bandolier

Strikingly unconventional and far-fetched in style or appearance; odd

An ammunition belt, worn over the shoulder, having loops or pockets for cartridges.

A schedule of prices or fees.

A dense evergreen forest occupying a tropical region with an annual rainfall of at least 100 inches.


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