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 

FATHOM

DEFINITION:
To penetrate to the truth of; comprehend; understand.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
I can’t even fathom how hard it is to be a Chicago police officer in Chicago at this time.
The Chicago Tribune, 12/03/2018

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Words in the News Quiz
5 Elementary 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. The fervor or tireless devotion for a person, cause, or ideal and determination in its furtherance; diligent enthusiasm; powerful interest.

element

zeal

eavesdrop

swagger


2. Flexible, liable to change.

malleable

relationship

diminish

restitution


3. Disappointingly inadequate; gloomy and bleak.

document

dismal

monotonous

deft


4. The ability to foresee or prepare wisely for the future.

foresight

guarantee

repugnant

weather


5. To exclude; to specify as being an exception.

repugnant

weather

meticulous

except


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