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 

RIPTIDE

DEFINITION:
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).

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
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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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. Formidable

To have a great ambition or ultimate goal

Strikingly unconventional and far-fetched in style or appearance; odd

Inspiring awe, admiration, or wonder

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


2. Xylem

Grossly offensive to decency or morality.

The supporting and water-conducting tissue of vascular plants, consisting primarily of tracheids and vessels; woody tissue.

The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.

A treeless area between the icecap and the tree line of Arctic regions, having a permanently frozen subsoil and supporting low-growing vegetation


3. Eclectic

Selecting or employing individual elements from a variety of sources, systems, or styles

A fungus, usually of the class Ascomycetes, that grows symbiotically with algae,

Incorrectness of reasoning or belief

Having or demonstrating enthusiasm


4. Levee

An embankment built to prevent flooding

A cult or religious movement, a group sharing particular (often unorthodox) political and/or religious beliefs.

The arrangement of events in time

The quality or state of being tranquil; serenity.


5. Bamboozle

The arrangement of events in time

The quality or state of being tranquil; serenity.

A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.

To take in by elaborate methods of deceit


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