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 


A particularly strong tidal current. A rip current which may carry a swimmer offshore (the term rip tide used in this sense is a misnomer).

Mariners are urged to take caution as Hurricane Jose causes high seas and potentially dangerous riptides off Cape Cod and Nantucket, the National Weather Service said.
The Boston Globe, 09/18/2017

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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. unsightly

Assuming power or authority without justification; arrogant and domineering

Existing or occurring at the moment.

What something does or is used for.

Displeasing to the eye

2. observe

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

To refill; to renew; to supply again or to add a fresh quantity.

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

To drive away by scattering, or so to cause to vanish.

3. counter

To drive away by scattering, or so to cause to vanish.

To attempt to stop the progression of.

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

A thing that is granted, esp. in response to demands.

4. materialize

A process by which a task is completed; a way of doing something.

The short term state of the atmosphere at a specific time and place, including the temperature, humidity, cloud cover, precipitation, wind, etc.

Subject; theme; a category or general area of interest.

To cause to take physical form, or to cause an object to appear.

5. precipice

The energy and strength for continuing to do something over a long period of time ; power of sustained exertion, or resistance to hardship, illness etc.

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

To make stable or firm; to confirm.

The brink of a dangerous situation.

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