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 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. Tectonic

Any of numerous natural and synthetic compounds consisting of up to millions of repeated linked units,

To show servile deference.


An extremely distant, and thus old, celestial object whose power output is several thousand times that of our entire galaxy.

2. Infrastructure

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

To increase the positive charge or valence of (an element) by removing electrons.

To modify, as by shortening or simplifying or by skewing the content in a certain manner.

To remove erroneous, vulgar, obscene, or otherwise objectionable material from (a book, for example) before publication.

3. Metamorphosis

Having a bad disposition; surly.

A marked change in appearance, character, condition, or function.

Attended by favorable circumstances; propitious.

Full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning.

4. Evanescent

Having one’s true identity concealed.

Deception by trickery or sophistry.

Vanishing or likely to vanish like vapor.

The science and technology of building electronic circuits and devices from single atoms and molecules.

5. Diffident

Of or relating to a holding of something in trust for another.

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

Not interesting; dull:

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

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