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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 

BIOMETRICS

DEFINITION:
Metrics related to distinctive, measurable human characteristics such as fingerprints, face recognition and iris and retinal scans. It is used to identify individuals.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Airlines have already begun to shift toward using biometrics.
The Denver Post, 07/10/2017

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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. Winnow

To separate or get rid of (an undesirable part); eliminate.

To weaken or destroy the strength or vitality of.

To insert or introduce between other elements or parts.

To renounce under oath; forswear.


2. Contradiction

Logical incongruity

The process in green plants and certain other organisms by which carbohydrates are synthesized from carbon dioxide and water using light as an energy source.

Either of two points on the celestial sphere at which the ecliptic intersects the celestial equator.

Deception by trickery or sophistry.


3. Diffident

Deception by trickery or sophistry.

To increase the positive charge or valence of (an element) by removing electrons.

Lacking or marked by a lack of self-confidence; shy and timid.

Tumultuous; stormy.


4. Soliloquy

The art or study of correct spelling according to established usage.

Of or relating to a holding of something in trust for another.

A dramatic or literary form of discourse in which a character talks to himself or herself or reveals his or her thoughts without addressing a listener.

Characterized by affected, exaggerated, or insincere earnestness.


5. Loquacious

Very talkative; garrulous.

Something done or paid to compensate or make amends.

Not limited to or associated with a particular religious denomination.

Belonging to the period before a war, especially the American Civil War.


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