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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 


Made or done without previous preparation;suddenly or hastily prepared;improvised.

The order even allows liquor stores and recreational cannabis dispensaries to remain open for business should the second week of impromptu homeschooling create an essential need.
The Chicago Tribune, 03/23/2020

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. Lugubrious

Mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially to an exaggerated or ludicrous degree.

Deception by trickery or sophistry.

The use of words to express something different from and often opposite to their literal meaning.

The act or process of inhaling and exhaling; breathing.

2. Kowtow

To show servile deference.

Having one’s true identity concealed.

A plane curve formed by the intersection of a right circular cone and a plane parallel to an element of the cone.

To bring under control; conquer.

3. Nadir

Vanishing or likely to vanish like vapor.

The lowest point

To picture falsely; misrepresent.

To increase the positive charge or valence of (an element) by removing electrons.

4. Paradigm

Interchanged, given, or owed to each other.

Belonging to the period before a war, especially the American Civil War.

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

To certify or attest to (the validity of a signature on a document, for example) as a notary public.

5. Circumlocution

Warlike in manner or temperament; pugnacious.

Extremely rapid, hasty, or abrupt; precipitate.

The use of unnecessarily wordy and indirect language.

An extremely distant, and thus old, celestial object whose power output is several thousand times that of our entire galaxy.

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