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 Middle 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. Vaccine

A state of uncertainty or perplexity.

A preparation of a weakened or killed pathogen.

The act of resting or the state of being at rest.

Incorrectness of reasoning or belief

2. Solstice

A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.

Consuming or eager to consume great amounts of food; ravenous.

Either of two times of the year when the sun is at its greatest distance from the celestial equator.

An ammunition belt, worn over the shoulder, having loops or pockets for cartridges.

3. Recede

To move back or away from a limit, point, or mark

One thing conceived as representing another; a symbol.

Any of several rod-shaped bacteria, of the genus Salmonella, that cause food poisoning and other diseases.

A teacher and guide in spiritual and philosophical matters.

4. Deduction

A teacher and guide in spiritual and philosophical matters.

An intricate structure of interconnecting passages through which it is difficult to find one’s way; a maze.

The drawing of a conclusion by reasoning; the act of deducing.

Exceeding the limits of propriety or good manners; improperly forward or bold

5. Pulverize

A weather phenomenon in the Eastern Pacific that is precisely equivalent to a hurricane.

To have a great ambition or ultimate goal

To pound, crush, or grind to a powder or dust.

One who rejects a religion, cause, allegiance, or group for another; a deserter.

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