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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 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. Pecuniary

Of or relating to money

A reproductive cell having the haploid number of chromosomes, especially a mature sperm or egg capable of fusing with a gamete of the opposite sex to produce the fertilized egg.

Put together; created.

To separate or get rid of (an undesirable part); eliminate.

2. Photosynthesis

The process in green plants and certain other organisms by which carbohydrates are synthesized from carbon dioxide and water using light as an energy source.

The lowest point

Interchanged, given, or owed to each other.

A place or situation regarded as drawing into its center all that surrounds it.

3. Abrogate

Interchanged, given, or owed to each other.

A place or situation regarded as drawing into its center all that surrounds it.

Belonging to the period before a war, especially the American Civil War.

To abolish, do away with, or annul, especially by authority.

4. Infrastructure

An advocate of the extension of political voting rights, especially to women.

Either of two points on the celestial sphere at which the ecliptic intersects the celestial equator.

A person unduly fearful or contemptuous of that which is foreign, especially of strangers or foreign peoples.

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

5. Deciduous

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

Falling off or shed at a specific season or stage of growth:

The iron-containing respiratory pigment in red blood cells of vertebrates.

A set of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices that constitutes a way of viewing reality

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