Answer Key: Are We Socially Awkward After Covid-19?

Lesson Plan: Has COVID Made Us Socially Awkward?

II. While Reading Activities

Word Inference

  1. define |dəˈfīn| verb [with object] • make up or establish the character of: for some, the football team defines their identity.
  2. crave |krāv| verb [with object] feel a powerful desire for (something): a program to give the infants the human touch they crave.
  3. barista  |bəˈrēstəbəˈristə| noun a person whose job involves preparing and serving different types of coffee.
  4. consequential |ˌkänsəˈkwen(t)SHəl| adjective  following as a result or effect: a loss of confidence and a consequential withdrawal of funds.
  5. *knee-jerk  adjective If you call someone’s response to a question or situation a knee-jerk reaction, you mean that they react in a very predictable way, without thinking. The knee-jerk reaction to this is to call for proper security in all hospitals. Synonyms: automatic, unconscious, spontaneous.
  6. weird |wird| adjective• informal very strange; bizarre: a weird coincidence | archaic connected with fate.
  7. bucket list noun informal a number of experiences or achievements that a person hopes to have or accomplish during their lifetime: making this trip is the first thing on my bucket list.
  8. resilient  |rəˈzilyənt| adjective 1 (of a person or animal) able to withstand or recover quickly from difficult conditions: babies are generally far more resilient than new parents realize | the fish are resilient to most infections.
  9. thriving  |ˈθrʌɪvɪŋ| adjective prosperous and growing; flourishing: the thriving business George has built up.
  10. monetize |ˈmänəˌtīz| verb [with object] 1 convert into or express in the form of currency.



 New Oxford American Dictionary   

*Collins Dictionary

 Grammar Focus: Structure and Usage

I -1-than

For more than a year, many of us have felt alone.

II  – 1- It’s

It’s been a ruthless, scary, and consequential year.

III – 1- takes

Typically it takes three to six months to form a habit.

Identify The  Speakers

Dr. Kevin Gilliland, PsyD, a licensed clinical psychologist and executive director of Innovation360.

  1. “Typically it takes three to six months to form a habit, and this includes behavioral and thought habits.”
  2. You’ve likely been masking, social distancing, and closely following the reports for more than a year now, so your brain is naturally going to stop you from doing certain things you may have once done on a daily basis.”


Therapist Arien Conner, LCSW, and owner of Clear Path Counseling.

  1. “… in the midst of our social reawakening, when we notice that someone appears uncomfortable, we might pause to give them empathy and patience within their respective comfort level.”
  2. “With few opportunities for socializing and outward distraction, we’ve each had a huge mirror held up in front of us.”
  3. “In my practice, I work mostly with women, and many of them started the pandemic by setting clear, firm boundaries around COVID for their immediate family’s safety.”


Terri Cole, psychotherapist and author of Boundary Boss: The Essential Guide to Talk True, Be Seen, and (Finally) Live Free

  1. “For some, their lockdown experience was hell in every way possible. For others, it was the transformative pause that they needed but never would have given themselves.”
  2. “We need to be mindful that our experience might look nothing like our colleague’s or neighbor’s.”


Logan Ury, Hinge‘s director of relationship science.

  1. “We found that the tremendous self-reflection experienced in the pandemic led Hinge users to reassess their priorities in love.”
  2. “According to our most recent research, 75 percent of Hinge daters are no longer looking for something casual but seeking a meaningful relationship.”