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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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. Maneuver

The right or privilege of voting; franchise.

To condescend to give or grant

A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.

Appropriateness of behavior or conduct


2. Protagonist

Grossly offensive to decency or morality.

A person authorized to act as representative for another; a deputy.

The distance that light travels in a vacuum in one year.

The main character in a drama or other literary work.


3. Bamboozle

To take in by elaborate methods of deceit

The method or result of concealing personnel or equipment from an enemy by making them appear to be part of the natural surroundings

Either of two times of the year when the sun is at its greatest distance from the celestial equator.

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


4. Divulge

To proclaim publicly

A picture or decorative design made by setting small colored pieces, as of stone or tile, into a surface.

Strikingly unconventional and far-fetched in style or appearance; odd

A member of an irregular, usually indigenous military or paramilitary unit operating in small bands in occupied territory to harass and undermine the enemy


5. Despondent

A member of an irregular, usually indigenous military or paramilitary unit operating in small bands in occupied territory to harass and undermine the enemy

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

Being without or almost without hope

The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.


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