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 


Impossible to ever understand, often because it is very strange or complicated.

"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 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. repugnant

Offensive or repulsive; arousing disgust or aversion

Examine methodically and in detail the constitution or structure of something, esp. information.

Sly; crafty; clever in surreptitious behaviour.

To stick out

2. source

The person, place or thing from which something (information, goods, etc.) comes or is acquired.

Facts or observations presented in support of an assertion.

To make smaller.

To gain, usually by one's own exertions; to get as one's own.

3. swarm

To gain, usually by one's own exertions; to get as one's own.

To notice or view, especially carefully or with attention to detail.

A large or dense group of insects, esp. flying ones.

A deliberate action aimed at weakening an enemy through subversion, obstruction, disruption, and/or destruction.

4. interdependence

The rate of occurrence of anything; the relationship between incidence and time period.

Dependent on each other

Emitting light; glowing brightly

A feeling of contempt or scorn.

5. persistent

A relationship of resemblance or equivalence between two situations, people, or objects,

Deduce or conclude (information) from evidence and reasoning rather than from explicit statements

Firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition

Tending to socialize or be social; friendly; inviting; congenial.

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