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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 Elementary 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. ignite

To relate a story or series of events by speech or writing.

Flexible, liable to change.

To set fire to (something), to light (something)

The extent to which something matters; importance

2. observe

A glowing piece of coal or wood.

Anticipating something with anxiety or fear.

To notice or view, especially carefully or with attention to detail.

To gain, usually by one's own exertions; to get as one's own.

3. method

To overpower; to subdue; to put down.

The short term state of the atmosphere at a specific time and place, including the temperature, humidity, cloud cover, precipitation, wind, etc.

The rate of occurrence of anything; the relationship between incidence and time period.

A process by which a task is completed; a way of doing something.

4. similar

Having traits or characteristics in common; alike, comparable.

To clarify or make something understandable

Different from one another; of different kinds or sorts

A pleasant smell or odour.

5. affect

To influence or alter.

The fervor or tireless devotion for a person, cause, or ideal and determination in its furtherance; diligent enthusiasm; powerful interest.

The smaller number or part, esp. a number that is less than half the whole number

Exceptional, conspicuous, outstanding, most usually in a negative fashion.

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