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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 

RIPTIDE

DEFINITION:
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).

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
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. Vanishing or likely to vanish like vapor.

Paradigm

Lexicon

Expurgate

Evanescent


2. Characterized by affected, exaggerated, or insincere earnestness.

Unctuous

Enfranchise

Hubris

Totalitarian


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

Photosynthesis

Bowdlerize

Lugubrious

Respiration


4. Quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgment or insight.

Acumen

Usurp

Irony

Jejune


5. Of the same or similar nature or kind

Jejune

Contradiction

Homogeneous

Supercilious


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