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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. Exult

To rejoice greatly; be jubilant or triumphant

A schedule of prices or fees.

A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.

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

2. Participle

Strikingly unconventional and far-fetched in style or appearance; odd

A form of a verb that in some languages, such as English, can function independently as an adjective.

The supporting and water-conducting tissue of vascular plants, consisting primarily of tracheids and vessels; woody tissue.

One that speaks for, represents, or advocates

3. Ellipse

Having no specific pattern, purpose, or objective.

Being without or almost without hope

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

To take in by elaborate methods of deceit

4. Formidable

Exceeding the limits of propriety or good manners; improperly forward or bold

A preparation of a weakened or killed pathogen.

To cringe in fear

Inspiring awe, admiration, or wonder

5. Gargoyle

A grotesque ornamental figure or projection.

A poisonous substance, especially a protein, that is produced by living cells or organisms.

A conventional, formulaic, and oversimplified conception, opinion, or image.

An alteration or change, as in nature, form, or quality.

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