Answer Key: Dyslexia

Lesson Plan: The Forbidden Word: Dyslexia

  1. required |rəˈkwī(ə)rd| adjective-officially compulsory, or otherwise considered essential; indispensable: eight editions were published, each required reading for trainees.
  2. advocate |ˈadvəkət| nouna person who publicly supports or recommends a particular cause or policy: he was an untiring advocate of economic reform.
  3. obligated verb |ˈäbləɡāt|-bind or compel (someone), especially legally or morally: the medical establishment is obligated to take action in the best interest of the public.
  4. orthographic |ˌôrTHəˈɡrafik| adjective. the conventional spelling system of a language.
  5. dyslexia |dəsˈleksēə| noun-a general term for disorders that involve difficulty in learning to read or interpret words, letters, and other symbols, but that do not affect general intelligence.
  6. resources |ˈrēˌsôrsrəˈsôrs| noun-(usu. resources) a stock or supply of money, materials, staff, and other assets that can be drawn on by a person or organization in order to function effectively: local authorities complained that they lacked resources.
  7. apologized |əˈpäləˌjīz| verbexpress regret for something that one has done wrong: I must apologize for disturbing you like this | we apologize to him for our error.
  8. literacy |ˈlidərəsēˈlitrəsē|noun-the ability to read and write.
  9. disability |ˌdisəˈbilədē|-noun (pl. disabilities) a physical or mental condition that limits a person’s movements, senses, or activities.
  10. linger |ˈliNGɡər| verb spend a long time over (something): he lingered over his meal.

Source: New Oxford American Dictionary

Reading Comprehension: Fill-ins

Hal Malchow, of the International Dyslexia Association, says there’s another factor at play: money. He says those special services are all things the school district could have to fund. And since there are so many American school children who have dyslexia, that price tag adds up – and school budgets are tight.

Grammar Focus: Structure and Usage


Two parents had come in to talk with teachers about their children.


An eighth-grader was struggling to read.


Many years ago it wasn’t a word that was widely used.