Answer Key: Emojis Help Abused Children

Lesson Plan: Abused Children Express Themselves  Through Emojis

II. While Reading Tasks

Word Inference

  1. non-profit  |ˈnänˈpräfit| adjective-not making or conducted primarily to make a profit: charities and other nonprofit organizations.
  2. depict depict |diˈpikt| verb [ with obj. ] show or represent by a drawing, painting, or other art form.
  3. illustrate |ˈiləˌstrāt| verb [ with obj. ] explain or make (something) clear by using examples, charts, pictures, etc.: the results are illustrated in Figure 7.
  4. signal |ˈsignəl| verb-transmit information or instructions by means of a gesture, action, or sound: hold your fire until I signal.
  5. express |ikˈspres| verb [ with obj. ]-convey (a thought or feeling) in words or by gestures and conduct: he expressed complete satisfaction.
  6. typical  |ˈtipikəl|  adjective-informal showing the characteristics expected of or popularly associated with a particular person, situation, or thing: “Typical woman!” John said disapprovingly.
  7. comparable |ˈkämp(ə)rəbəl| adjective-of a person or thing) able to be likened to another; similar: flaked stone and bone tools comparable to Neanderthal man’s tools.
  8. contemplate |ˈkäntəmˌplāt| verb [ with obj. ] look thoughtfully for a long time at: he sat on the carpet contemplating his image in the mirrors.
  9. expand  |ikˈspand| verb-become or make larger or more extensive: [ no obj. ] : their business expanded into other hotels.
  10. verbal |ˈvərbəl| adjective-relating to or in the form of words: the root of the problem is visual rather than verbal | verbal abuse.

Source: New Oxford American Dictionary

Reading Comprehension

Word -Recognition

BRIS, an organization that runs a national children’s helpline, created the Abused Emojis, an application  that comes with a range of images that depict bad feelings and illustrate mistreatment. BRIS spokeswoman Silvia Ernhagen said the emojis are a “door opener” for children to talk about these difficult topics.

[The abuse emojis] could be a way of starting to signal that you do need help, but you’re too afraid maybe to put your own words on it because once you put words on it, it starts to get scary.