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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 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. An underlying base or foundation especially for an organization or system.

Infrastructure

Lexicon

Wrought

Laissez faire


2. Something done or paid to compensate or make amends.

Moiety

Reparation

Equinox

Irony


3. Very talkative; garrulous.

Kowtow

Loquacious

Usurp

Nihilism


4. Eating and drinking in moderation.

Abstemious

Tautology

Contradiction

Temblor


5. Characterized by affected, exaggerated, or insincere earnestness.

Contradiction

Temblor

Deciduous

Unctuous


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