Since it was Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day yesterday, here is a context clues worksheet on the verb exculpate today. It’s used only transitively.
This probably isn’t a word that would see a lot of use in a high school classroom. On the other hand, if you have students looking down the road at careers in the law or law enforcement, who knows? May it is appropriate.
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