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This Week's Word In The News 

ELECTIONEERING

DEFINITION:
The activity of trying to persuade people to vote for a particular political party or candidate.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
These campaigns avoided electioneering violations because they didn’t advocate for a candidate or ballot initiative.
Denton Record Chronicle , 02/26/2024

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1. Guerrilla

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

The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.

To cringe in fear

Grossly offensive to decency or morality.


2. Mosaic

To stress or emphasize; intensify

A picture or decorative design made by setting small colored pieces, as of stone or tile, into a surface.

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

Relating to a system of writing, such as that of ancient Egypt, in which pictorial symbols are used to represent meaning or sounds or a combination of meaning and sound.


3. Vertebrate

Of, relating to, or occurring in the night

A characteristic rate or rhythm of activity; a pace

Having a backbone or spinal column.

One who habitually takes advantage of the generosity of others without making any useful return.


4. Hypocrisy

Sharing the same opinions or views; being in complete harmony or accord.

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

To swing indecisively from one course of action or opinion to another.

Any of various nonplacental mammals, including kangaroos, opossums, bandicoots, and wombats, found principally in Australia and the Americas.


5. Enthusiastic

Having or demonstrating enthusiasm

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

Selecting or employing individual elements from a variety of sources, systems, or styles

A state of uncertainty or perplexity.


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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 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.