Words in the News

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

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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. Quota

Self-examination.

Having no specific pattern, purpose, or objective.

A proportional part or share.

Inspiring awe, admiration, or wonder


2. Nocturnal

The main character in a drama or other literary work.

To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive

Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt.

Of, relating to, or occurring in the night


3. Participle

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

To condescend to give or grant

A relationship of mutual benefit or dependence.

The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.


4. Hypocrisy

The practice of professing beliefs, feelings, or virtues that one does not hold or possess; falseness.

Any of various relatively small sailing or motor-driven vessels used for pleasure cruises or racing.

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

In a deplorable state of distress or misfortune; miserable.


5. Sect

A cult or religious movement, a group sharing particular (often unorthodox) political and/or religious beliefs.

One who rejects a religion, cause, allegiance, or group for another; a deserter.

A treeless area between the icecap and the tree line of Arctic regions, having a permanently frozen subsoil and supporting low-growing vegetation

A metric unit of length equal to 1,000 meters (0.62 mile).


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