Words in the News

This Week's Word In The News 

MISCONSTRUE

DEFINITION:
To form a false understanding of the meaning or intention of something that someone does or says.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
"And it really didn't matter how many times they misconstrued that a woman's life was in danger if the constitutional amendment was to pass."
The Topeka Capital-Journal, 08/08/2022

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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. An opponent or rival.

waver

misgivings

adversary

illuminate


2. The force or energy of a collision of two objects.

jut

scarcity

document

impact


3. Having traits or characteristics in common; alike, comparable.

attentive

uncanny

unsightly

similar


4. Existing or occurring at the moment.

chronological

relationship

current

function


5. Exceptional, conspicuous, outstanding, most usually in a negative fashion.

specimen

commotion

egregious

reflection


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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 phrase important to comprehension or expression. Students are then asked to find the words within the newspaper and copy the sentence for context to its overall meaning or function in a sentence.