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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 


Conceived or made without regard for reason or reality; foolish, senseless, fatuous, or absurd.

Willmeng is suing the 546-bed hospital to get his job back, saying his actions were compelled by personal safety, and the policy behind his May 8 firing was nonsensical.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, 08/10/2020

Words in the News Quiz
5 Elementary 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. exasperation

To notice or view, especially carefully or with attention to detail.

A small hill or mound.

A process by which a task is completed; a way of doing something.

The act of exasperating or the state of being exasperated; irritation; keen or bitter anger.

2. emerge

The power to affect, control or manipulate something or someone; the ability to change the development of fluctuating things such as conduct, thoughts or decisions.

To come into view.

A mixture of various ingredients or elements.

What something does or is used for.

3. barricade

A barrier constructed across a road, especially as a military defense.

Deduce or conclude (information) from evidence and reasoning rather than from explicit statements

Self-confidence; poise; composure.

Something small enough to escape casual notice.

4. value

The brink of a dangerous situation.

The quality (positive or negative) that renders something desirable or valuable

To hear a conversation one is not intended to hear; to listen in.

Anything that may be possible; a possibility

5. pertinent

Having traits or characteristics in common; alike, comparable.

Important with regards to (a subject or matter); relevant

A piece of written, printed, or electronic matter that provides information or evidence or that serves as an official record.

Of a central nature, first and foremost

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