Words in the News

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 phrase important to comprehension or expression. Students are then asked to find the words within the newspaper and copy the sentence for context to its 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

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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. Camouflage

Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt.

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

The quality or state of being tranquil; serenity.

The method or result of concealing personnel or equipment from an enemy by making them appear to be part of the natural surroundings


2. Hypocrisy

Having no specific pattern, purpose, or objective.

Of or relating to the range of invisible radiation wavelengths from about 4 nanometers, on the border of the x-ray region, to about 380 nanometers, just beyond the violet in the visible spectrum.

The science and art of using all the forces of a nation to execute approved plans as effectively as possible during peace or war.

The practice of professing beliefs, feelings, or virtues that one does not hold or possess; falseness.


3. Ozone

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

To stress or emphasize; intensify

The distribution of energy emitted by a radiant source, arranged in order of wavelengths.

An unstable, poisonous allotrope of oxygen.


4. Vaccine

To abstain from or act together in abstaining from using, buying, or dealing with as an expression of protest or disfavor or as a means of coercion

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

A preparation of a weakened or killed pathogen.

A grotesque ornamental figure or projection.


5. Heritage

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

Consuming or eager to consume great amounts of food; ravenous.

To cringe in fear

One that is inconvenient, annoying, or vexatious; a bother.


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