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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. Pulverize

To have a great ambition or ultimate goal

To pound, crush, or grind to a powder or dust.

The food-conducting tissue of vascular plants, consisting of sieve tubes, fibers, parenchyma, and sclereids.

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

2. Guerrilla

Relating to a system of writing, such as that of ancient Egypt, in which pictorial symbols are used to represent meaning or sounds or a combination of meaning and sound.

A member of an irregular, usually indigenous military or paramilitary unit operating in small bands in occupied territory to harass and undermine the enemy

A proportional part or share.

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

3. Stereotype

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

A prohibition by a government on certain or all trade with a foreign nation

An ammunition belt, worn over the shoulder, having loops or pockets for cartridges.

Having or demonstrating enthusiasm

4. Maneuver

Something that is passed down from preceding generations; a tradition.

A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.

Being without or almost without hope

Consuming or eager to consume great amounts of food; ravenous.

5. Parasite

Consuming or eager to consume great amounts of food; ravenous.

The drawing of a conclusion by reasoning; the act of deducing.

A drawing consisting of the outline of something, especially a human profile, filled in with a solid color.

One who habitually takes advantage of the generosity of others without making any useful return.

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