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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. symbolism

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.

An individual instance that represents a class; an example.

Representation of a concept through symbols or underlying meanings of objects or qualities.

To send someone away and forbid that person from returning.

2. subside

Strange or mysterious, esp. in an unsettling way

To follow a winding course

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

To sink or fall to the bottom; to settle

3. boundary

One of the simplest or essential parts or principles of which anything consists, or upon which the constitution or fundamental powers of anything are based.

Dark, faint or indistinct.

A process of compensation for losses.

The dividing line or location between two areas.

4. dismal

To bump into or brush against while in motion.

Disappointingly inadequate; gloomy and bleak.

Specifically, giving indication of a coming ill; being an evil omen

The fervor or tireless devotion for a person, cause, or ideal and determination in its furtherance; diligent enthusiasm; powerful interest.

5. swarm

To build or form something by assembling parts.

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

Flexible, liable to change.

To move in a quick fashion.

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