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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 


Necessary. Very important; of high importance.

What exactly is an “essential” store that can stay open over the next two weeks during Minnesota’s stay-at-home order?
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, 03/30/2020

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. Marsupial

Consuming or eager to consume great amounts of food; ravenous.

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

The main character in a drama or other literary work.

Any of various nonplacental mammals, including kangaroos, opossums, bandicoots, and wombats, found principally in Australia and the Americas.

2. Aspire

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

Enforced isolation or restriction of free movement imposed to prevent the spread of contagious disease.

To have a great ambition or ultimate goal

A rebirth or revival.

3. Technique

The systematic procedure by which a complex or scientific task is accomplished.

The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.

The pattern produced on a photosensitive medium that has been exposed by holography and then photographically developed.

One that speaks for, represents, or advocates

4. Undulate

A weather phenomenon in the Eastern Pacific that is precisely equivalent to a hurricane.

To move in waves or with a smooth, wavelike motion.

A grotesque ornamental figure or projection.

A relationship of mutual benefit or dependence.

5. Eclectic

Marked by hearty conviviality and good cheer.

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

To condescend to give or grant

The drawing of a conclusion by reasoning; the act of deducing.

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