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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 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. Quarantine

A conventional, formulaic, and oversimplified conception, opinion, or image.

Enforced isolation or restriction of free movement imposed to prevent the spread of contagious disease.

Conversation between characters in a drama or narrative

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

2. Undulate

A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.

Any of several rod-shaped bacteria, of the genus Salmonella, that cause food poisoning and other diseases.

To move in waves or with a smooth, wavelike motion.

Marked by hearty conviviality and good cheer.

3. Toxin

One that speaks for, represents, or advocates

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

A poisonous substance, especially a protein, that is produced by living cells or organisms.

An unstable, poisonous allotrope of oxygen.

4. Aspire

A diffuse mass of interstellar dust or gas or both, visible as luminous patches or areas of darkness

A state of uncertainty or perplexity.

A rebirth or revival.

To have a great ambition or ultimate goal

5. Analogy

Similarity in some respects between things that are otherwise dissimilar.

The distribution of energy emitted by a radiant source, arranged in order of wavelengths.

To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive

The quality or state of being tranquil; serenity.

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