Lesson Plan: Faces of the New American Families
II. While Reading Activities
- atypical |āˈtipikəl| adjective-not representative of a type, group, or class: a sample of people who are rather atypical of the target audience | there were somewhat atypical results in May and November.
- prosaic |prōˈzāik| adjective-commonplace; unromantic: the masses were too preoccupied by prosaic day-to-day concerns.
- litany |ˈlitn-ē| noun ( pl. litanies )-a tedious recital or repetitive series: a litany of complaints.
- incarcerated inˈkärsəˌrāt|-verb [ with obj. ] imprison or confine: many are incarcerated for property offenses.
- evolution |ˌevəˈlo͞oSHən| noun-the gradual development of something, esp. from a simple to a more complex form: the forms of written languages undergo constant evolution.
- unsullied |ˌənˈsəlēd| adjective-not spoiled or made impure: an unsullied reputation.
- egalitarian |iˌgaləˈterēən| adjective-of, relating to, or believing in the principle that all people are equal and deserve equal rights and opportunities: a fairer, more egalitarian society.
- mortarboards |ˈmôrtərˌbôrd| noun- an academic cap with a stiff, flat, square top and a tassel;usually worn at college graduations.
- Type A noun-a personality type characterized by ambition, high energy, and competitiveness, and thought to be susceptible to stress and heart disease.
- subverting |səbˈvərt|-verb [ with obj. ] undermine the power and authority of (an established system or institution): an attempt to subvert democratic government.
Source: New Oxford American Dictionary
Words as they appear in the sentences:
typical, multilayered, portmanteau, study, evolution, transformations, turnover, complex, endpoint, midst, researchers, historical, identified,
IV. Listening Activity
While Listening Activities
Video Clip: One Big Happy Family by Rebecca Walker
- NA-Rebecca Walker has 3 children in Hawaii.
- F- Her new book One Big Happy Family is about open adoptions, single parents, mixed marriages, and other non-traditional families.
- T- Rebecca stated that many of her friends were from non-traditional families.
- F- One example of an American television sitcom family Rebecca mentioned was Father Knows Best.
- T- Polyamory means having an open marriage involving several people.
- T- Her book also covers mixed and gay marriages.
- F- Rebecca is a product of a mixed marriage.
- T- She states that there are two million men incarcerated in America and are part of American families.
- NA-Rebecca wants to write another book about Native families in Hawaii.
- T- Through her book Rebecca wanted to show that love, and coming together are important issues in families.