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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 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. Ellipse

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

Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt.

One that speaks for, represents, or advocates

The locus of points for which the sum of the distances from each point to two fixed points is equal

2. Polygon

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

A closed plane figure bounded by three or more line segments.

Appropriateness of behavior or conduct

To have a great ambition or ultimate goal

3. Boisterous

To have a great ambition or ultimate goal

Any of various relatively small sailing or motor-driven vessels used for pleasure cruises or racing.

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

Loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline

4. Phloem

The distance that light travels in a vacuum in one year.

The food-conducting tissue of vascular plants, consisting of sieve tubes, fibers, parenchyma, and sclereids.

A state of uncertainty or perplexity.

A prohibition by a government on certain or all trade with a foreign nation

5. Nocturnal

Of, relating to, or occurring in the night

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

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

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

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