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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 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. Parasite

An embankment built to prevent flooding

A treeless area between the icecap and the tree line of Arctic regions, having a permanently frozen subsoil and supporting low-growing vegetation

Having a backbone or spinal column.

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


2. Stereotype

A dense evergreen forest occupying a tropical region with an annual rainfall of at least 100 inches.

A characteristic rate or rhythm of activity; a pace

A person with masterly skill or technique in the arts.

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


3. Labyrinth

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

An intricate structure of interconnecting passages through which it is difficult to find one’s way; a maze.

To move back or away from a limit, point, or mark

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


4. Exult

Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt.

To rejoice greatly; be jubilant or triumphant

A relationship of mutual benefit or dependence.

One thing conceived as representing another; a symbol.


5. Vaccine

A preparation of a weakened or killed pathogen.

A form of a verb that in some languages, such as English, can function independently as an adjective.

Any of various relatively small sailing or motor-driven vessels used for pleasure cruises or racing.

To proclaim publicly


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