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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. 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.

Characterized by affected, exaggerated, or insincere earnestness.

Quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgment or insight.

Extremely rapid, hasty, or abrupt; precipitate.

2. Tectonic

Overbearing pride or presumption; arrogance.

Division into ordered groups or categories.


To weaken or destroy the strength or vitality of.

3. Loquacious

Put together; created.

The predominant influence, as of a state, region, or group, over another or others.

To modify, as by shortening or simplifying or by skewing the content in a certain manner.

Very talkative; garrulous.

4. Jejune

Shaking and vibration at the surface of the earth resulting from underground movement along a fault plane.

Not interesting; dull:

A system of names used in an art or science:

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

5. Totalitarian

Cheerfully confident; optimistic.

A form of government in which the political authority exercises absolute and centralized control over all aspects of life,

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

Eating and drinking in moderation.

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