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. Totalitarian

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

The basic unit of currency among participating European Union countries.

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

A form of government in which the political authority exercises absolute and centralized control over all aspects of life,


2. Xenophobe

Of the same or similar nature or kind

A person unduly fearful or contemptuous of that which is foreign, especially of strangers or foreign peoples.

Not interesting; dull:

The side of a right triangle opposite the right angle.


3. Hegemony

The side of a right triangle opposite the right angle.

Mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially to an exaggerated or ludicrous degree.

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

The predominant influence, as of a state, region, or group, over another or others.


4. Bellicose

Warlike in manner or temperament; pugnacious.

To show servile deference.

Architectural.

To proceed completely around:


5. Ziggurat

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

Noninterference in the affairs of others.

To endow with the rights of citizenship, especially the right to vote.

Vacuously, smugly, and unconsciously foolish.


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