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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 High 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. Usurp

Belonging to the period before a war, especially the American Civil War.

To seize another’s place, authority, or possession wrongfully.

Deception by trickery or sophistry.

A form of government in which the political authority exercises absolute and centralized control over all aspects of life,


2. Diffident

Lacking or marked by a lack of self-confidence; shy and timid.

Extremely rapid, hasty, or abrupt; precipitate.

A plane curve formed by the intersection of a right circular cone and a plane parallel to an element of the cone.

Physics that deals with the relationships and conversions between heat and other forms of energy.


3. Nonsectarian

A plane curve formed by the intersection of a right circular cone and a plane parallel to an element of the cone.

Physics that deals with the relationships and conversions between heat and other forms of energy.

Shaking and vibration at the surface of the earth resulting from underground movement along a fault plane.

Not limited to or associated with a particular religious denomination.


4. Churlish

Having a bad disposition; surly.

Division into ordered groups or categories.

To weaken or destroy the strength or vitality of.

Vanishing or likely to vanish like vapor.


5. Euro

To weaken or destroy the strength or vitality of.

Vanishing or likely to vanish like vapor.

Everyday; commonplace.

The basic unit of currency among participating European Union countries.


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