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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. Bizarre

Inspiring awe, admiration, or wonder

Incorrectness of reasoning or belief

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

Being without or almost without hope

2. Toxin

One who rejects a religion, cause, allegiance, or group for another; a deserter.

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

To honor the memory of with a ceremony

The pattern produced on a photosensitive medium that has been exposed by holography and then photographically developed.

3. Nocturnal

The locus of points for which the sum of the distances from each point to two fixed points is equal

One that takes in everything available, as with the mind.

Of, relating to, or occurring in the night

A teacher and guide in spiritual and philosophical matters.

4. Typhoon

Appropriateness of behavior or conduct

A weather phenomenon in the Eastern Pacific that is precisely equivalent to a hurricane.

Exceeding the limits of propriety or good manners; improperly forward or bold

A rebirth or revival.

5. Symbiosis

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

A relationship of mutual benefit or dependence.

Harmful, malevolent, injurious. Harmfully cancerous.

A very large and destructive wave, generally caused by a tremendous disturbance in the ocean, such as an undersea earthquake or volcanic eruption.

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