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. vulnerable

Dark, faint or indistinct.

More or most likely to be exposed to the chance of being attacked or harmed, either physically or emotionally.

The state of being serene; calmness; peacefulness.

An attempt to deceive someone into believing that one can or will do something.


2. exasperation

The act of exasperating or the state of being exasperated; irritation; keen or bitter anger.

To come into view.

One of the simplest or essential parts or principles of which anything consists, or upon which the constitution or fundamental powers of anything are based.

Self-confidence; poise; composure.


3. monotonous

One of the simplest or essential parts or principles of which anything consists, or upon which the constitution or fundamental powers of anything are based.

Self-confidence; poise; composure.

Allowing light to pass through but diffusing it

Having an unvarying tone or pitch


4. misgivings

To recover, especially from an illness; to get better from an illness.

A long flat-topped fixture in a store or bank across which business is conducted with customers.

The throwing back by a body or surface of light, heat, or sound without absorbing it

Doubt, apprehension, a feeling of dread


5. diminish

To clarify or make something understandable

Approaching; drawing near; about to happen

A small hill or mound.

To make smaller.


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