Answer Key: Disciplining a Child in Public

Lesson Plan: Should  We Intervene When a Parent Harshly Disciplines a Child in Public?

II. While Reading Activities

Word Inference

  1. condone |kənˈdōn| verbapprove or sanction (something), especially with reluctance: the practice is not officially condoned by any airline.
  2. intervene |ˌin(t)ərˈvēn| verbcome between so as to prevent or alter a result or course of events: he acted outside his authority when he intervened in the dispute | [ with infinitive ] : their forces intervened to halt the attack.
  3. evidence |ˈevədəns| noun-the available body of facts or information indicating whether a belief or proposition is true or valid: the study finds little evidence of overt discrimination.
  4. forensic |fəˈrenzikfəˈrensik| adjective-of or relating to courts of law.
  5. Witness |ˈwitnəs| noun-a person who sees an event, typically a crime or accident, take place: police are appealing for witnesses to the accident | I was witness to one of the most amazing comebacks in sprinting history.
  6. charge |CHärj|  nounan accusation, typically one formally made against a prisoner brought to trial: he appeared in court on a charge of attempted murder | three people were arrested but released without charge.
  7. escalate |ˈeskəˌlāt| verbbecome or cause to become more intense or serious: the disturbance escalated into a full-scale riot ; we do not want to escalate the war.
  8. assault |əˈsôlt| verb- make a physical attack on: he pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer.
  9. obligate |ˈäbləɡāt| verbbind or compel (someone), especially legally or morally: the medical establishment is obligated to take action in the best interest of the public.
  10. confrontational |ˌkänfrənˈtāSH(ə)n(ə)l| adjective-tending to deal with situations in an aggressive way; hostile or argumentative: he distanced himself from the confrontational approach adopted by his predecessor.

Source: New Oxford American Dictionary

Reading Comprehension: Word -Recognition

If you see something, say something. Do not wait for the situation to deteriorate before getting involved. If you wait for something to get worse before doing anything, it definitely can get worse and then it becomes harder to connect and be of help. You may feel guilty that you may be getting that parent in trouble, or that you may be making a mistake and misinterpreting the situation. However, think about how inaction can lead to the injury, danger or death to the child. Now think about that guilt.

 Grammar Focus: Structure and Usage


The parent might be frustrated or having a bad day.


Some states have good Samaritan laws.


Speak in an even and soft tone.