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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 Elementary 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. To move or swing a weapon back and forth, particularly if demonstrating skill.

counter

specimen

similar

brandish


2. Anticipating something with anxiety or fear.

apprehensive

uncanny

analogy

momentum


3. Speech or language that is incomprehensible or unintelligible; gibberish.

jargon

convey

conspicuous

engross


4. The short term state of the atmosphere at a specific time and place, including the temperature, humidity, cloud cover, precipitation, wind, etc.

ignite

weather

illuminate

reduce


5. The result or outcome of a cause.

effect

contributions

repugnant

foresight


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