Lesson Plan: Good Looks + Germs = Votes at the Ballot Box?
I. Pre-Reading Activities
Analyzing headings and photos
Suggestions for words: elections, United States, candidates, Presidents, Obama, Hillary Clinton.
II. While Reading Activities
- stand-in stænd ˌɪn|-noun-a person who stands in for another, esp. in a performance; a substitute: his stand-in does all the dancing sequences.
- triumphs |ˈtrīəmf|-noun-a great victory or achievement: a garden built to celebrate Napoleon’s many triumphs.
- attribute verb |əˈtriˌbyo͞ot| [ with obj. ] (attribute something to)regard something as being caused by (someone or something): he attributed the firm’s success to the efforts of the managing director
- traditional |trəˈdiSHənl|–adjective-existing in or as part of a tradition; long-established: the traditional festivities of the church year.
- vestigial |veˈstij(ē)əl|-adjective-forming a very small remnant of something that was once much larger or more noticeable: he felt a vestigial flicker of anger from last night.
- indicators |ˈindiˌkātər|-noun-a thing, esp. a trend or fact, that indicates the state or level of something: car ownership is frequently used as an indicator of affluence.
- germs jərm|-noun-a microorganism, esp. one that causes disease.
- phenomenon |fəˈnäməˌnän, -nən|-noun- ( pl. phenomenona |-nə| ) a fact or situation that is observed to exist or happen, esp. one whose cause or explanation is in question: glaciers are unique and interesting natural phenomena.• a remarkable person, thing, or event.
- preference |ˈpref(ə)rəns|-noun-a greater liking for one alternative over another or others: a preference for long walks and tennis over jogging | he chose a clock in preference to a watch.
- extended |ikˈstend|-verb [ with obj. ]-cause to cover a larger area; make longer or wider: the Forest Service plans to extend a gravel road nearly a mile. beyond the original limit:
Source: New Oxford American Dictionary
Words in the order they appear in the paragraphs:
hypothesis, voting patterns, analyses, disease, candidates, good-looking, twice, win, contrast, healthier, electoral, alternative, phenomenon, controlled, unhealthy, disease, preference, leaders, threats,
- Scientists had previously theorized that the general preference for attractive leaders was just another example of a “halo effect.”
- But our work challenges this traditional view.
- Our ancestors frequently confronted devastating epidemics that wiped out many of the members of their groups.
- To test this hypothesis, we first examined the links between health statistics and voting patterns for winners and losers.
- People who said they were concerned with disease were more likely to desire that a more attractive person take on the boss role.