II. While Reading Activities
- Pompeii |pämˈpāē| an ancient city in western Italy, southeast of Naples. The city was buried by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in ad 79; excavations of the site began in 1748 and revealed well-preserved remains of buildings, mosaics, furniture, and the personal possessions of the city’s inhabitants.
- evicted əˈvikt| verb [with object] expel (someone) from a property, especially with the support of the law: he had court orders to evict the trespassers from three camps.
- unemployed |ˌənəmˈploid| adjective (of a person) without a paid job but available to work: I was unemployed for three years | (as plural noun the unemployed) : a training program for the long-term unemployed.
- anxiety |aNGˈzīədē| noun (plural anxieties) a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome: he felt a surge of anxiety | anxieties about the moral decline of today’s youth.
- inept |iˈnept| adjective – tive having or showing no skill; clumsy: the inept handling of the threat.
- artifact |ˈärdəfakt| (British artefact) noun an object made by a human being, typically an item of cultural or historical interest: gold and silver artifacts.
- cadre cadre |ˈkadrēˈkädrēˈkadˌrāˈkädˌrā| noun a small group of people specially trained for a particular purpose or profession: a small cadre of scientists.
- contagion |kənˈtājən| noun the communication of disease from one person to another by close contact: the rooms held no risk of contagion.
- sacrifice |ˈsakrəˌfīs| noun an act of giving up something valued for the sake of something else regarded as more important or worthy: we must all be prepared to make sacrifices.
- inexcusable |ˌinikˈskyo͞ozəb(ə)l adjective too bad to be justified or tolerated: Matt’s behavior was inexcusable.
Source: New Oxford American Dictionary
Grammar Focus: Structure and Usage
I – 1-an
The summer of 2020 could be remembered as an important date in American history.
II -3- reasons
There are two reasons why mask mandates don’t violate the First Amendment.
III – 2- to
We have a way to go.
Reading Comprehension Fill-ins
But Mike Pence — always happy to put lipstick on Trump’s piggishness — dressed up his crude mask-resistance in elegant constitutional garb.
When asked by a reporter at Trump’s Tulsa rally a few weeks ago why the president appeared unconcerned about the absence of masks and social distancing at his event, Pence solemnly intoned: “I want to remind you again, freedom of speech and the right to peaceably assemble is in the Constitution of the U.S. Even in a health crisis, the American people don’t forfeit our constitutional rights.” What a fraud.