Answer Key: American Football

Lesson Plan: Super Bowl LII Will Be The Most Watched Television Event of the Year…Why?

II. While Reading Activities

Word Inference

  1. dilemma |diˈlemədīˈlemə| noun-a situation in which a difficult choice has to be made between two or more alternatives, especially equally undesirable ones: the people often face the dilemma of feeding themselves or their cattle.
  2. rendition |renˈdiSH(ə)n|noun- a performance or interpretation, especially of a dramatic role or piece of music: a wonderful rendition of “Nessun Dorma.”
  3. profit |ˈpräfət|noun- a financial gain, especially the difference between the amount earned and the amount spent in buying, operating, or producing something: pretax profits | his eyes brightened at the prospect of profit.
  4. C.T.E. Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a neurodegenerative disease found in people who have had multiple head injuriesAs of 2017 there is no specific treatment. Rates of disease have been found to be about 30% among those with a history of multiple head injuries.~wikipedia~
  5. correlation |ˌkôrəˈlāSH(ə)n|noun- mutual relationship or connection between two or more things: research showed a clear correlation between recession and levels of property crime.
  6. shrug  |SHrəɡ|verb• (shrug something off) dismiss something as unimportant: the managing director shrugged off the criticism.
  7. concussion |kənˈkəSHən|noun-temporary unconsciousness caused by a blow to the head. The term is also used loosely of the aftereffects such as confusion or temporary incapacity.
  8. daredevils |ˈderˌdevəl|noun-a reckless person who enjoys doing dangerous things.
  9. blackballed |ˈblakˌbôl| verb [with object] reject (someone, usually a candidate applying to become a member of a private club), typically by means of a secret ballot:  the  player was blackballed when he tried to join the team.
  10. dread |dred|verb [with object]anticipate with great apprehension or fear: Jane was dreading the party | [with infinitive] : I dread to think what Russell will say.

Source:  New Oxford American Dictionary

Reading Comprehension


Jelani Cobb, the New Yorker writer and educator, said he would not be watching on Sunday, but his reason had nothing to do with the game’s violence and potential for life-threatening injury. He is not watching because he believes Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, was blackballed by the N.F.L. for protesting for social justice when he chose to take a knee for the national anthem before games.

Grammar Focus

Word -Recognition

Soon my wife and I, like millions of other parents, will have to make a similar decision about our own football-crazy 13-year-old. We know the long-term risks now, and that makes what used to be a simple decision far more harrowing. No priest will be able to help us. The N.F.L. should be as worried about that as I am.