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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 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. Mosaic

A picture or decorative design made by setting small colored pieces, as of stone or tile, into a surface.

The systematic procedure by which a complex or scientific task is accomplished.

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

The right or privilege of voting; franchise.

2. Labyrinth

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

The right or privilege of voting; franchise.

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

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

3. Chronology

A teacher and guide in spiritual and philosophical matters.

The arrangement of events in time

A person authorized to act as representative for another; a deputy.

Being without or almost without hope

4. Renaissance

In a deplorable state of distress or misfortune; miserable.

A rebirth or revival.

Conversation between characters in a drama or narrative

One that speaks for, represents, or advocates

5. Immune

A drawing consisting of the outline of something, especially a human profile, filled in with a solid color.

Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt.

One who habitually takes advantage of the generosity of others without making any useful return.

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

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