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 


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

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. Tautology

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.

The science and technology of building electronic circuits and devices from single atoms and molecules.

Needless repetition of the same sense in different words; redundancy.

Any of numerous natural and synthetic compounds consisting of up to millions of repeated linked units,

2. Epiphany

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.

A sudden manifestation of the essence or meaning of something.

Attended by favorable circumstances; propitious.

The side of a right triangle opposite the right angle.

3. Obsequious

Clear to the understanding.

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

Full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning.

Characterized by affected, exaggerated, or insincere earnestness.

4. Chromosome

A temple tower of the ancient Assyrians and Babylonians, having the form of a terraced pyramid of successively receding stories.

The iron-containing respiratory pigment in red blood cells of vertebrates.

A circular strand of DNA in bacteria that contains the hereditary information necessary for cell life.

Lacking serious purpose or occupation; idle.

5. Abjure

To divide (a geographic area) into voting districts so as to give unfair advantage to one party in elections.

To renounce under oath; forswear.

A place or situation regarded as drawing into its center all that surrounds it.

Having a harmful effect; injurious.

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