Answer Key: Deaf Football Team Wins Again and Again!

Lesson Plan: This California School’s Deaf Football Team is Awesome!

Word Inference

  1. Underdog   |ˈəndərˌdôɡ| noun a competitor thought to have little chance of winning a fight or contest.
  2. **steamrolling (over someone) verb to overwhelm usually by greatly superior force
  3. morale  |məˈral| noun the confidence, enthusiasm, and discipline of a person or group at a particular time: their morale was high.
  4. disparaging  |diˈsperijiNG| adjective expressing the opinion that something is of little worth; derogatory: disparaging remarks about public housing.
  5. effervescent |ˌefərˈves(ə)nt|  adjective vivacious and enthusiastic: effervescent young people.
  6. audible |ˈôdəb(ə)l| adjective  able to be heard: ultrasound is audible to dogs.
  7. boisterous  |ˈboist(ə)rəs| adjective  (of a person, event, or behavior) noisy, energetic, and cheerful; rowdy: the boisterous conviviality associated with taverns of that period.
  8. sign language |ˈsīn ˌlaNGɡwij| noun a system of communication using visual gestures and signs, as used by deaf people.
  9. *having an edge  singular noun;If someone or something has an edge, they have an advantage that makes them stronger or more likely to be successful than another thing or person.
  10. hand signal noun a movement of a hand used to convey information or instructions: soldiers can communicate via hand signals.


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Grammar Focus: Structure and Usage

I – 3 – of

Friday night was the second round of the playoffs.

II – 2 – are

The Cubs are a fast and hard-hitting squad.

III – 1 – have

The coaches also say deaf players have heightened visual senses.

Reading Comprehension Fill-ins

The California School for the Deaf, Riverside, is the only all-deaf public school serving the southern half of the state. The team’s success has given the school and the surrounding community a lift. 

For players, parents and staff, the success of the football team has been more than just an athletic triumph. Many describe it as a sign that deaf children can be at their best when they are together in an all-deaf environment.