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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

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. Winnow

Lacking social polish; tactless.

To increase the positive charge or valence of (an element) by removing electrons.

To proceed completely around:

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

2. Vacuous

Attended by favorable circumstances; propitious.

To modify, as by shortening or simplifying or by skewing the content in a certain manner.

Lacking serious purpose or occupation; idle.

Needless repetition of the same sense in different words; redundancy.

3. Suffragist

A circular strand of DNA in bacteria that contains the hereditary information necessary for cell life.

Put together; created.

An extremely distant, and thus old, celestial object whose power output is several thousand times that of our entire galaxy.

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

4. Usurp

Full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning.

A system of names used in an art or science:

To seize another’s place, authority, or possession wrongfully.

Noninterference in the affairs of others.

5. Abjure

To renounce under oath; forswear.

A dramatic or literary form of discourse in which a character talks to himself or herself or reveals his or her thoughts without addressing a listener.

To repeat in concise form. To make a summary.

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

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