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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. Suffragist

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

Interchanged, given, or owed to each other.

To seize another’s place, authority, or possession wrongfully.

Having one’s true identity concealed.


2. Lucid

Clear to the understanding.

A diligent, dependable worker.

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.

To proceed completely around:


3. Acumen

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.

To proceed completely around:

Either of two points on the celestial sphere at which the ecliptic intersects the celestial equator.

Quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgment or insight.


4. Ziggurat

Full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning.

A temple tower of the ancient Assyrians and Babylonians, having the form of a terraced pyramid of successively receding stories.

A person unduly fearful or contemptuous of that which is foreign, especially of strangers or foreign peoples.

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


5. Fiduciary

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

Of or relating to a holding of something in trust for another.

Attended by favorable circumstances; propitious.

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


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