Hillary’s First Presidential Debate: She’s Ready to Crush Trump!

“Hillary Clinton’s advisers are seeking insights about Mr. Trump’s deepest insecurities as they devise strategies to needle and undermine him at the first presidential debate, the most anticipated in a generation. Her team is also getting advice from psychology experts to help create a personality profile of Mr. Trump to gauge how he may respond to attacks and deal with a woman as his sole adversary on the debate stage.P. Healy and M. Flegenheimer The New York Times

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Excerpt: Hillary Clinton Piles Up Research…to Needle Donald– By P.Healy and M. Flegenheimer The New York Times

They are undertaking a forensic-style analysis of Mr. Trump’s performances in the Republican primary debates, cataloging strengths and weaknesses as well as trigger points that caused him to lash out in less-than-presidential ways.

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As Mrs. Clinton pores over this voluminous research with her debate team, most recently for several hours on Friday, and her aides continue searching for someone who can rattle her as a Trump stand-in during mock debates, Mr. Trump is taking the opposite tack.photo-wonkette-com

Though he spent hours with his debate team the last two Sundays, the sessions were more freewheeling than focused, and he can barely conceal his disdain for laborious and theatrical practice sessions.

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I believe you can prep too much for those things, Mr. Trump said in an interview last week. “It can be dangerous. You can sound scripted or phony — like you’re trying to be someone you’re not… Mrs. Clinton, a deeply competitive debater, wants to crush Mr. Trump on live television, but not with an avalanche of policy details; she is searching for ways to bait him into making blunders.”

ESL Voices Lesson Plan for this post

NOTE: Lessons can also be used with native English speakers.

Level: Intermediate – Advanced


Language Skills: Reading, writing, and speaking. Vocabulary and grammar activities are included.


Time: Approximately 2 hours.


Materials: Student handout (from this lesson) and access to news article.


Objective: Students will read and discuss the article
with a focus on improving reading comprehension and learning new vocabulary. At the end of the lesson students will express their personal views on the topic through group work and writing.

I. Pre-Reading Activities

KWL Chart

The K-W-L chart is used to activate students’ background knowledge of a

topic in order to enhance their comprehension skills.

Directions: Have students use the KWL chart to list the information they already know about  Presidential Debates.  Later in the Post- Reading segment of the lesson, students can fill in what they’ve learned about the topic.

KWL Chart from Creately,com

KWL Chart from Creately,com

 

II. While Reading Activities

Word Inference

Directions: Students are to infer the meanings of the words in bold taken from the article. They may use a dictionary, thesaurus, and Word Chart for assistance.

  1. They are undertaking a forensic-style analysis of Trump’s performances.
  2. They are finding trigger points that caused him to lash out in less-than-presidential ways.
  3. Mrs. Clinton pores over this voluminous research.
  4. Some things caused him to lash out in less-than-presidential ways.
  5. Mr. Trump is taking the opposite tack.
  6. He spent hours with his debate team the last two Sundays.
  7. Some believe that one can prep too much for those things.
  8. Some preparations can be illuminating about the candidates.
  9. Mrs. Clinton is  a deeply competitive debater.
  10. Mrs. Clinton wants to crush Mr. Trump on live television.
Vocabulary Cluster By Learnnc.org

Vocabulary Cluster By Learnnc.org

 

Reading Comprehension

Fill-ins

Directions: Place students in groups and after they have read the entire article, have them complete the following paragraphs taken from the article. They can use the words and terms from the list provided, or provide their own terms. They are to find the meanings of any new vocabulary.

Rarely are ___as illuminating about the ___as a debate itself, but Mrs. Clinton’s and Mr. Trump’s ___different ___to the Sept. 26 face-off are more___about their ___and battlefield instincts than most other___in the campaign.

WORD LIST: candidates, egos,  preparations, strikingly, revealing,  moments,   approaches,

Grammar Focus

Word -Recognition

Directions: Students choose the correct word to complete the sentences taken from the article. They are to choose from the options presented.

As Mrs. Clinton pores/pours over this volume/voluminous research with her debate team/term, most recently for several hours/hour on Friday, and her aides continue stitching/searching for someone who can rattles/rattle her as a Trump stand-in during mock/mack debates, Mr. Trump is taking the opposite tack. Though he spent hours with his debate team the last two Sundays, the sessions/session were more freewheeling than focused, and he can barely conceal/cancel his disdain for Labradors/laborious and theatrical practice sessions.

Group Questions

Directions: Place students in groups Have each group list 3  questions they would like to ask any person mentioned in the article. Groups share questions as a class.

3-2-1-Writing

Directions: Allow students 5 minutes to write down three new ideas they’ve learned about the topic from the reading,  two things they did not understand in the reading, and one thing they would like to know that the article did not mention. Review the responses as a class.

ANSWER KEY

Category: Political Issues

New Wi-Fi Kiosks Attract Drinkers, Drug Users, and Porn Watchers!

“The Wi-Fi kiosks were designed to replace phone booths and allow users to consult maps, maybe check the weather or charge their phones. But they have also attracted people who linger for hours, sometimes drinking and doing drugs and, sometimes, boldly watching pornography on the sidewalks.” P. McGeehan, The New York Times

ESL Voices Lesson Plan for this post with Answer Key

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Excerpt: Wi-Fi Kiosks Will Lose Internet Browsers,  Patrick McGeehan, The New York Times

“Now, yielding to complaints, the operators of the kiosks, LinkNYC network, are shutting off their internet browsers.

The switch is an admission that in some neighborhoods, particularly in Midtown Manhattan, the kiosks have created more problems than benefits. Elected officials have demanded changes in the system, saying they were overwhelmed with complaints from residents and businesses about people spending hours entertaining themselves.

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Mayor Bill de Blasio introduced the network with fanfare in February as a key plank of his promise to bridge the digital divide in the city. The kiosks were designed to replace more than 7,500 public pay phones and bring free Wi-Fi and phone service to every neighborhood.

Users were expected to make short stops at the kiosks. But they quickly attracted the homeless and other idle people who took full advantage of the unlimited access to the internet to watch movies and play music for hours…

a man gets comfy using one of the new wi-fi kiosks as a living room. NYPost

a man gets comfy using one of the new wi-fi kiosks as a living room. NYPost

In explaining the change, the operators of LinkNYC said that some users have been monopolizing the Link tablets and using them inappropriately, preventing others from being able to use them while frustrating the residents and businesses around them.

They said they would switch off the browsing functions on the computer tablets built into the kiosks as a temporary solution while they consider permanent changes, including limiting how long people can use the tablets.”

ESL Voices Lesson Plan for this post

NOTE: Lessons can also be used with native English speakers.

Level: Intermediate – Advanced


Language Skills: Reading, writing, and speaking. Vocabulary and grammar activities are included.


Time: Approximately 2 hours.


Materials: Student handout (from this lesson) and access to news article.


Objective: Students will read and discuss the article
with a focus on improving reading comprehension and learning new vocabulary. At the end of the lesson students will express their personal views on the topic through group work and writing.

 Predictions: Using a Pre-reading Organizer

Directions:  Ask students to examine the title of the post and of the actual article they are about to read. Then, have them  examine the photos. Ask students to write a paragraph describing what they think this article will discuss. Students can use a Pre-reading organizer for assistance.

Pre-reading chart by J. Swann

Pre-reading chart by J. Swann

 

II. While Reading Activities

Word Inference

Directions: Students are to infer the meanings of the words in bold taken from the article. They may use a dictionary, thesaurus, and Word Chart for assistance.

  1. The Wi-Fi kiosks were designed to replace phone booths.
  2. Mayor Bill de Blasio introduced the network with fanfare in February.
  3. Elected officials were overwhelmed with complaints from residents.
  4. The Wi-Fi kiosks  were supposed to bridge the digital divide in the city.
  5. The kiosks quickly attracted the homeless and other idle people.
  6. These kiosks are often monopolized by individuals.
  7. Officials agreed to a moratorium on the installation of additional kiosks.
  8. Officials said they would switch off the browsing functions.
  9. Many people were using them inappropriately.
  10. Rude people have been  frustrating the residents and businesses around them.

Reading Comprehension

Directions: Students choose the correct word to complete the sentences taken from the article. They are to choose from the options presented.

Now, yielding/yield to complaints, the operas/operators of the kiosks, LinkNYC network, are shutting off their/there internet browsers/brows. The switch is an admit/admission that in some neighborhoods/neighbor, particularly in Midtown Manhattan, the kiosks have created/create more problems than beneficial/benefits. Elected officials have demanded/demand changes in the system, saying they were overwhelmed with compliant/complaints from residents/residential and businesses about people spending/spend hours entertaining themselves.

 Grammar Focus

Using Adjectives  to describe pictures    

Directions: Have students choose a picture from the article  and write a descriptive paragraph using adjectives.  For a review of Adjectives visit ESL Voices Grammar

III. Post Reading Activities

Discussion/Writing Activities

Directions: Place students in groups and assign each group one side of the following argument.  Allow groups to develop their arguments and conclude with a class debate.

Argument: Wi-Fi Kiosks are a good idea/bad idea. Each group should provide support either from the article or other web resources.

3-2-1-Writing

Directions: Allow students 5 minutes to write down three new ideas they’ve learned about the topic from the reading,  two things they did not understand in the reading, and one thing they would like to know that the article did not mention. Review the responses as a class.

ANSWER KEY

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Smile! You’re on Camera…Whether You Want to Be or Not

“Thanks to smartphones, just about everybody carries a high-quality camera … Our laptops have cameras. Our drones have cameras. ATMs, intersections, police cars and street corners have cameras. Businesses have security cameras. Even a new generation of smart doorbells has cameras… The debate over ubiquitous cameras normally centers on a trade-off between privacy and security.” M. Elgan, EWeek.com

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Excerpt: How Cameras Everywhere Can Make the World a Better Place –By Mike Elgan, EWeek.com

“New live-streaming options are coming out. For example, the Mevo is a great little consumer camera designed for live-streaming anything. Taser is working on live-streaming police body cameras, which it promises will enter the market by the end of next year. Google plans to roll out a mobile live-streaming YouTube option any minute now. Two video-related events emerged in the news recently that forced public debate in technology circles about the despair vs. justice dichotomy—or they should have.

In the first case, videos were smuggled out of the Four Corners teen detention center in Australia showing horrific and inexcusable abuse of incarcerated minors.

In the second case, a woman used Facebook Live to live-stream a fatal encounter with police during a traffic stop in Minnesota.

Many believe that security-cameras-are-important-for-public-safety

Many believe that security-cameras-are-important-for-public-safety

What both videos have in common is that they’re graphic and horrific, and watching them is the kind of experience that can make you lose faith in humanity.

What they don’t have in common is that Facebook banned or censored the Four Corners videos, but allowed the traffic-stop videos. What are the standards here?

The truth is that horrific, graphic and depressing videos are everywhere online these days. Sites such as YouTube and LiveLeak are rife with all manner of fights, car accidents, war, terrorism, abuse and more.

Our brains are not designed to understand the scale of human activity and so we can’t fully comprehend the horrors we see in the context of the broader world of all the good that people do in the world. And so we’re left with the nagging feeling that most people are sociopaths and the entire world is a bad neighborhood.

Futurist Ray Kurzweil points out, however, that the world isn’t actually getting worse. Instead, our information is getting better. In fact, we have access to billions of boring pictures and videos depicting people behaving with civility and kindness. And we ignore them—because they’re boring.

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In a village, there’s universal accountability. In other words, our moral systems assume that others in the community will know what we’re up to and we learn to adjust our behavior accordingly. That’s why people are polite in an elevator, but rude in traffic. In an elevator, the close quarters forces people to be very civil for a few seconds—holding the door for each other and speaking respectfully and politely to one another…The great thing about cameras is that, in a globalized, mass population world, cameras give us the potential for village-like or even elevator-like accountability…In fact, I’d love to see a lot more cameras in the world. All police should have body cams. All police interrogations should be recorded and the recording made available to the accused. Courtrooms should have publicly available cameras.

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In fact, in any situation where the powerful can victimize the powerless, cameras should be rolling… That change in behavior won’t come about from the invasion of privacy or the existence of hidden cameras, but from the expectation that we’ll all be held accountable for our actions in public… And that’s a better world.”

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ESL Voices Lesson Plan for this post

NOTE: Lessons can also be used with native English speakers.

Level: Intermediate – Advanced


Language Skills: Reading, writing, and speaking. Vocabulary and grammar activities are included.


Time: Approximately 2 hours.


Materials: Student handout (from this lesson) and access to news article.


Objective: Students will read and discuss the article
with a focus on improving reading comprehension and learning new vocabulary. At the end of the lesson students will express their personal views on the topic through group work and writing.

I. Pre-Reading Activities

 Predictions: Analyzing headings and photos

Directions:  Have students  examine the titles of the post and of the actual article. After they examine the photos, ask students to create a list of  words and  ideas  that they think might be related to this article. 

II. While Reading Activities

Word Inference

Directions: Students are to infer the meanings of the words in bold taken from the article. They may use a dictionary, thesaurus, and Word Chart for assistance.

  1. People worry about the invasion of privacy.
  2. Video cameras are ubiquitous in major public areas.
  3. New live-streaming options are coming out.
  4. Videos were smuggled out of the detention center.
  5. Watching these videos preys on a human cognitive bias.
  6. It makes us feel some of the fear and even panic of the people.
  7. The video is uploaded to the cloud in real-time.
  8. It is illegal  to use aerial surveillance in many places.
  9. We’ll all be held accountable for our actions in public.
  10. Every new technology involves some kind of new trade-off.

Word Chart By Education Oasis

Reading Comprehension

Fill-ins

Directions: The following sentences are from the article. Choose the correct word for each blank space from the word list  or make up your own words.

All police should have___cams. All police ___should be recorded and the ___made available to the accused. Courtrooms should have publicly available cameras. In fact, in any situation where the powerful can___the powerless, cameras should be rolling.

There are some ways in which humans change and evolve to cope with changing___and other ways in which___ will never change.

I think it’s likely that, over time, we’ll adjust to the ___of horrible videos online and learn to ___that the most ___videos and pictures don’t ___the reality of the world, but are exceptions to normal activity.

WORD LIST: recording, body, technology, reflect, interrogations,

victimize, entertaining, understand, ubiquity, humans,

 Grammar Focus: Structure and Usage

Directions: The following groups of sentences are from the article. One of the sentences in each group contains a grammatical  error. Students are to identify the sentence (1, 2, or 3 ) from each group that contains the grammatical error.

I

That’s why people are polite in a elevator, but rude in traffic.

In an elevator, the close quarters forces people to be very civil.

In traffic, the idea is that we’ll never see these people again.

II

Most people are civil drivers.

I’m an big fan of the Ring Video Doorbell.   

The bell rings both in the house and on the app.

III

The camera is obvious on the Ring doorbell.

Imagine if every home had a camera like this.

I’d love to see an lot more cameras in the world.

III. Post Reading Activities

WH-How Questions

Directions: Have students use the  WH-question format to discuss or to write the main points from the article.

Who or What is the article about?

Where does the action/event take place?

When does the action/event take place?

Why did the action/event occur?

How did the action/event occur?

Main Idea / Debate

Directions: Divide students into  two teams for this debate. Both teams can use the article  as their source of information or sources from the Web.  Each team will have time to state their points of view,  and the teacher decides which team made  points.  

Team A will list five reasons for public video cameras.

Team B will list  five reasons against public video cameras.

For organization, have students use this great Pros and Cons Scale organizer  from Freeology

Pros and Cons Scale

1-Minute Free Writing Exercise

Directions: Allow students 1 minute to write down one new idea they’ve learned from the reading. Ask them to write down one thing they did not understand in the reading.  Review the responses as a class. Note: For the lower levels allow more time for this writing activity.

ANSWER KEY

When Your Daughter Becomes Your Son

“I don’t like calling bodies wrong. That’s what Schuyler Bailar, a transgender swimmer for Harvard, tells 60 Minutes…  And yet, as Schuyler, who was born female, entered puberty, he felt increasingly alienated from his body.” L. Stahl, CBS News

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Shuyler Bailar as a girl. Photo-dailymail

Shuyler Bailar as a girl. Photo-dailymail

Schuyler Bailar as a male. Photo- swimmingworld

Schuyler Bailar as a male. Photo- swimmingworld

Excerpt: What’s it like when your daughter becomes your son CBS 60 Minutes– By Lesley Stahl,  CBS 60 minutes

“I watched my brother go through puberty and he grew into his body, Schuyler says. I was like, Why does he get to grow into his body? I feel like I’m growing out of mine. I feel like my body is– is growing away from me.

On 60 Minutes this week, correspondent Lesley Stahl explores how Schuyler came to terms with being transgender and the difficult choice he faced when he started Harvard last fall: compete as a star swimmer on the women’s team, as planned, or swim with the men and lose the glory of winning.

Schuyler Bailar prepares to compete against Harvard rival Columbia University. CBS News

Schuyler Bailar prepares to compete against Harvard rival Columbia University. CBS News

But Schuyler wasn’t the only one who had to adjust to a new reality. Stahl interviews his parents — Gregor and Terry Bailar — about what it’s like to realize your daughter is actually your son… Schuyler had been depressed as a girl and suffered through eating disorders. His mother told us that she feared for his life.

So it was that serious, Stahl tells Overtime. In a way, I think that they were as relieved as Schuyler was to figure it out. And they accepted it because they knew it was real.

Gregor and Terry Bailar -- CBS News

Gregor and Terry Bailar — CBS News

More dramatically, his parents had to adjust to seeing their family in a new light. They thought they had a little girl, and now they have two sons.

Stahl ask Schuyler if he thinks his mother experienced a sense of loss when he transitioned. I don’t want to believe that there is because that makes me sad and makes me feel at fault, but I know there is.”

ESL Voices Lesson Plan for this post

NOTE: Lessons can also be used with native English speakers.

Level: Intermediate – Advanced


Language Skills: Reading, writing, and speaking. Vocabulary and grammar activities are included.


Time: Approximately 2 hours.


Materials: Student handout (from this lesson) and access to news article.


Objective: Students will read and discuss the article
with a focus on improving reading comprehension and learning new vocabulary. At the end of the lesson students will express their personal views on the topic through group work and writing.

I. Pre-Reading Activities

 Predictions: Analyzing headings and photos

Directions:  Have students  examine the titles of the post and of the actual article. After they examine the photos, ask students to create a list of  words and  ideas  that they think might be related to this article. 

Pre-reading chart by J. Swann

Pre-reading chart by J. Swann

II. While Reading Activities

Word Inference

Directions: Students are to infer the meanings of the words in bold taken from the article. They may use a dictionary, thesaurus, and Word Chart for assistance.

  1. Her brother went  through puberty.
  2. Schuyler came to terms with being transgender.
  3. Schuyler had to adjust to a new reality.
  4. Schuyler had been depressed as a girl.
  5. The parents accepted it.
  6. But that didn’t make it an easy adjustment.
  7. He also started taking testosterone.
  8. This ushered in a second puberty.
  9. His mother experienced a sense of loss when he transitioned.
  10. Schuyler is content.

Reading Comprehension

 Word -Recognition

Directions: Students choose the correct word to complete the sentences taken from the article. They are to choose from the options presented.

More drama/dramatically, his parents/patents had to adjustment/adjust to seeing their familiar/family in a new lite/light. They thought they had a little girl, and now they have two sons. So I’m sure that they were going through/threw emotions, Stahl tells Overtime. But Schuyler was never made to feel that they were against this, that they were unhappy about it. They just supported him. And it was wonderment/wonderful.

 Grammar Focus

Using Adjectives  to describe pictures    

Directions: Have students choose a picture from the article  and write a descriptive paragraph using adjectives.

For a review of Adjectives  Click HERE 

III. Post Reading Activities

Graphic Organizers: Finding the main idea

Directions:  Have students use this advanced organizer from Write Design to assist them with  discussing  or writing about  the main idea and points from the article.Main idea chart By Write Design

Discussion/Writing Activities

Directions: Place students in groups Have each group list 3  questions they would like to ask any person mentioned in the article. Groups share questions as a class.

1-Minute Free Writing Exercise

Directions: Allow students 1 minute to write down one new idea they’ve learned from the reading. Ask them to write down one thing they did not understand in the reading.  Review the responses as a class. Note: For the lower levels allow more time for this writing activity.

ANSWER KEY

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After The Olympics? Join Cirque du Soleil!

“After competing in trampoline at the 2000 Olympics, Lee Brearley of Britain went on to performing double flips on stage in a zoot suit… First time on Broadway, and I wear a skirt, he said of his costume for the Cleopatra scene in Paramour, the Cirque du Soleil musical… At the moment, 21 Olympians — two of them medalists — perform in eight United States-based Cirque du Soleil shows. Jeffrey Wammes, a gymnast from the Netherlands who ended his career in Rio, is about to make it 22.” K. Whiteside, The New York Times

ESL Voices Lesson Plan for this post with Answer Key

Lee Brearley on a trampoline during training for Paramour, the Cirque du Soleil musical. Credit- George Etheredge:The New York Times

Jeffrey Wammes is a Dutch gymnast.

Jeffrey Wammes is a Dutch gymnast.

Excerpt: For Some Athletes, Olympic Rings Give Way to the Circus Ring-By  Kelly Whiteside, The New York Times

“By the time the Rio Olympics concluded Sunday, many athletes had gone home to begin or resume other careers. Maya DiRado, an American swimmer who won four medals in Rio, has said that a business analyst job awaits her. The Canadian distance runner Lanni Marchant is a criminal defense lawyer.

A number of Olympic gymnasts fall into a different, hair-raising pipeline, filling roles in the ever-expanding universe of Cirque du Soleil. In all, about 40 percent of Cirque’s performers come from artistic, rhythmic and acrobatic gymnastics backgrounds, as well as from trampoline, tumbling, diving and synchronized swimming.

Fabrice Becker won an Olympic gold medal in freestyle skiing for France at the 1992 Winter Olympics. Photo-britannica

Fabrice Becker won an Olympic gold medal in freestyle skiing for France at the 1992 Winter Olympics. Photo-britannica

For Cirque, recruiting high-caliber athletes is almost a no-brainer, said the company’s creative director, Fabrice Becker, who won an Olympic gold medal in freestyle skiing for France at the 1992 Winter Olympics. Cirque, for instance, conducted a workshop with the Canadian national halfpipe team this year. 

Still, the transition from serious competitor to performer can be challenging. As if it were not hard enough to nail a somersault on a trampoline, try doing it while in costume — perhaps as a cricket, with six legs…Some athletes find the transition fairly smooth.

Former Olympian Terry Bartlett in his Las Vegas show. WSJ

Former Olympian Terry Bartlett in his Las Vegas show. WSJ

Terry Bartlett competed in gymnastics at three Olympics for Britain and retired after the Barcelona Games in 1992. Unsure of what to do next, he stumbled on a Cirque du Soleil audition while on vacation in California and accepted a job as an acrobat in Mystère in Las Vegas.After his acrobatic skills began to wane, Bartlett turned to clowning almost 10 years ago.

At 52, he now stars in Cirque wearing a loosey-goosey sailor suit, a clown nose and shoes the size of flippers. Instead of twists and tumbles, there are slapstick and high jinks.”

ESL Voices Lesson Plan for this post

NOTE: Lessons can also be used with native English speakers.

Level: Intermediate – Advanced


Language Skills: Reading, writing, and speaking. Vocabulary and grammar activities are included.


Time: Approximately 2 hours.


Materials: Student handout (from this lesson) and access to news article.


Objective: Students will read and discuss the article
with a focus on improving reading comprehension and learning new vocabulary. At the end of the lesson students will express their personal views on the topic through group work and writing.

I. Pre-Reading Activities

 Predictions: Analyzing headings and photos

Directions:  Have students  examine the titles of the post and of the actual article. After they examine the photos, ask students to create a list of  words and  ideas  that they think might be related to this article. 

Pre-reading Organizer By Scholastic

Pre-reading Organizer By Scholastic

 

II. While Reading Activities

Word Inference

Directions: Students are to infer the meanings of the words in bold taken from the article. They may use a dictionary, thesaurus, and Word Chart for assistance.

  1. The Rio Olympics concluded Sunday.
  2. Many athletes go home to begin or resume other careers.
  3. You show people your best, but not in a competitive way.
  4. For Cirque recruiting high-caliber athletes is fun.
  5. Searching for athletes is almost a no-brainer.
  6. The transition from serious competitor to performer can be challenging.
  7. Terry Bartlett stumbled on  Cirque du Soleil.
  8. They were holding an audition for an acrobat.
  9. Some performers are known for their somersaults.
  10. The performances appear like  a blur of a circle.
Vocabulary Cluster By Learnnc.org

Vocabulary Cluster By Learnnc.org

Reading Comprehension

Fill-ins

Directions: The following sentences are from the article. Choose the correct word for each blank space from the word list  or make up your own words.

In the show’s ___moment,___and Dick Tracy-esque ___stage an elaborate chase-and-fight___ on rooftops. Bodies ___in midair like___juggling pins, nearly___. Fourteen___and actors share the___ before the focus narrows on Brearley for his solo.

WORD LIST: paparazzi, crisscross, climatic, mayhem, scene, characters,  human, colliding, acrobats.

 Grammar Focus

Word -Recognition

Directions: Students choose the correct word to complete the sentences taken from the article. They are to choose from the options presented.

Terry Bartlett competed/completed in gymnastics at tree/three Olympics for Britain and retreated/retired after the Barcelona Games in 1992. Unsure of what/which to do next, he stumbled on a Cirque du Soleil audition/audio while on vacation/vacate in California and accepted/excepted a job as an acrobat in “Mystère” in Las Vegas.

III. Post Reading Activities

WH-How Questions

Directions: Have students use the  WH-question format to discuss or to write the main points from the article.

Who or What is the article about?

Where does the action/event take place?

When does the action/event take place?

Why did the action/event occur?

How did the action/event occur?

Discussion/Writing Activities

Directions: Place students in groups Have each group list 3  questions they would like to ask any person mentioned in the article. Groups share questions as a class.

3-2-1-Writing

Directions: Allow students 5 minutes to write down three new ideas they’ve learned about the topic from the reading,  two things they did not understand in the reading, and one thing they would like to know that the article did not mention. Review the responses as a class.

ANSWER KEY

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