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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 

UNFATHOMABLE

DEFINITION:
Impossible to ever understand, often because it is very strange or complicated.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
"Honest work was never demanded of him, and no matter how badly he failed, he was rewarded in ways that are almost unfathomable."
The Los Angeles Times, 07/13/2020

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. Omnivore

Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt.

Having a backbone or spinal column.

Any of several rod-shaped bacteria, of the genus Salmonella, that cause food poisoning and other diseases.

One that takes in everything available, as with the mind.


2. Jaunty

Having or demonstrating enthusiasm

Having a buoyant or self-confident air; brisk.

A drawing consisting of the outline of something, especially a human profile, filled in with a solid color.

To rejoice greatly; be jubilant or triumphant


3. Quarantine

A very large and destructive wave, generally caused by a tremendous disturbance in the ocean, such as an undersea earthquake or volcanic eruption.

Relating to a system of writing, such as that of ancient Egypt, in which pictorial symbols are used to represent meaning or sounds or a combination of meaning and sound.

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

The right or privilege of voting; franchise.


4. Eclectic

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

A disorderly commotion or disturbance.

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

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


5. Tempo

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

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

A characteristic rate or rhythm of activity; a pace

The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.


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