Answer key: Achieving Social Unity…

Lesson Plan:  How We Can  Achieve Social Unity, With Social Distancing

II. While Reading Activities

Word Inference

  1. quarantine |ˈkwôrənˌtēn| noun  (quarentining verb [with object]impose isolation on (a  person, animal, or place); put in quarantine.
  2. sequester |səˈkwestər| verb [with object] 1 isolate or hide away (someone or something): Tiberius was sequestered on an island | the jurors had been sequestered since Monday | the artist sequestered himself in his studio for two years.
  3. crude |kro͞od|  adjective • (of an action) showing little finesse or subtlety and as a result unlikely to succeed: the measure was condemned by economists as crude and ill-conceived.
  4. shuttering |ˈSHədəriNG| noun wood in planks or strips used as a temporary structure for fencing to contain setting concrete, to support the sides of trenches, etc. • a temporary structure made from planks.
  5. insufficient |ˌinsəˈfiSH(ə)nt| adjective not enough; inadequate: there was insufficient evidence to convict him.
  6. mitigate |ˈmidəˌɡāt| verb [with object] make less severe, serious, or painful: he wanted to mitigate misery in the world.• lessen the gravity of (an offense or mistake): (as adjective mitigating) : he would have faced a prison sentence but for mitigating circumstances.
  7. isolation |ˌīsəˈlāSH(ə)n| noun -the process or fact of isolating or being isolated: the isolation of older people. [as modifier] denoting a hospital or ward for patients with contagious or infectious diseases.
  8. pandemic panˈdemik| adjective (of a disease) prevalent over a whole country or the world.
  9. interdependence (also interdependency) |ˈˌin(t)ərdəˈpendəns| noun the dependence of two or more people or things on each other: the new economic interdependence of the two nations.
  10. hoarding |ˈhôrdiNG| verb [with object] amass (money or valued objects) and hide or store away: thousands of antiques hoarded by a compulsive collector | many of the boat people had hoarded rations.

Source: New Oxford American Dictionary 

 Grammar Focus: Structure and Usage


But it’s a crude and costly public health strategy.

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It’s chilling, how familiar this seems.


Solidarity is an essential tool for combating infectious diseases.

Reading Comprehension

True /False/NA-Statements

  1. F- The coronavirus is global.
  2. F-Social distancing and canceling large gatherings,  seems to be the best way to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
  3. T-Keeping people separated seems to be a crude and costly public health strategy.
  4. T-Shuttering shared spaces and institutions means families lose child care, wages and social support.
  5. F- Older, sick and isolated people who are most vulnerable to the virus.
  6. F- The author references  another health crisis that occurred in Chicago.
  7. T-According to the author, solidarity is an essential tool for combating infectious diseases.
  8. F- Social solidarity leads to policies that benefit public well-being.
  9. The scientists expect the coronavirus to be over in 3 months NA
  10. T-The United States does not guarantee paid sick leave, and as a consequence many low-wage American workers, even in the food service industry, are on the job when they’re contagiously ill.