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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 


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 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. Tsunami

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

One thing conceived as representing another; a symbol.

One that is inconvenient, annoying, or vexatious; a bother.

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

2. Alliteration

The repetition of the same sounds or of the same kinds of sounds at the beginning of words or in stressed syllables

A disorderly commotion or disturbance.

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

A characteristic rate or rhythm of activity; a pace

3. Inference

A characteristic rate or rhythm of activity; a pace

The right or privilege of voting; franchise.

The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.

To have a great ambition or ultimate goal

4. Embargo

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

Using or marked by the use of few words; terse or concise.

Forfeiture of something highly valued for the sake of one considered to have a greater value or claim.

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

5. Hieroglyphic

The main character in a drama or other literary work.

Selecting or employing individual elements from a variety of sources, systems, or styles

To cringe in fear

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.

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