Answer key: Ex-Prisoners and Society

Lesson Plan: Ex-Prisoners And The Tough Road Back to Society!

II. While Reading Activities

Word Inference

  1. stint |stint| noun -1 a person’s fixed or allotted period of work: his varied career included a stint as a magician.
  2. avid  |ˈavəd| adjective-having or showing a keen interest in or enthusiasm for something: an avid reader of science fiction | she took an avid interest in the project.
  3. document verb |ˈdäkyəˌment| [with object] record (something) in written, photographic, or other form: the photographer spent years documenting the lives of miners.
  4. chronic |ˈkränik| adjective- (of an illness) persisting for a long time or constantly recurring: chronic bronchitis. Often contrasted with acute.
  5. incarceration |inˌkärsəˈrāSH(ə)n| noun the state of being confined in prison; imprisonment: the public would not be served by her incarceration.
  6. isolation-|ˌīsəˈlāSH(ə)n|nounthe process or fact of isolating or being isolated: the isolation of older people.
  7. lifers |ˈlīfər|  noun informal 1 a person serving a life sentence in prison.
  8. parole |pəˈrōl| noun-1 the release of a prisoner temporarily (for a special purpose) or permanently before the completion of a sentence, on the promise of good behavior: he committed a burglary while on parole.
  9. abstinence |ˈabstənəns| noun-the fact or practice of restraining oneself from indulging in something, typically alcohol: I started drinking again after six years of abstinence.
  10. nonprofit |ˌnänˈpräfit| adjective [attributive] not making or conducted primarily to make a profit: charities and other nonprofit organizations.

Reading Comprehension

True /False/NA-Statements

  1. F-There are  roughly 600,000 men and women who leave incarceration nationwide each year.
  2. F-Many prisoners do not have family support.
  3. NA-Some prisoners have family members in jail with them.
  4. T-Researchers report high rates of post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as histories of abuse and neglect among prisoners.
  5. T-  Gretchen Newby is the executive director of the Stockton-based nonprofit Friends Outside.
  6. NA-She loves her job.
  7. F-It’s common for prisoners to come out with untreated illness, chronic conditions due to age and neglect.
  8. T-Jesse De La Cruz spent three decades in and out of California prisons.
  9. F-Jesse De La Cruz holds a doctorate in education.
  10. T-David Eng was sentenced to 17 years to life for second-degree murder.

Grammar Focus: Word -Recognition

Mr. Eng described a childhood marked by drugs and neglect. At 5 years old, he said, he witnessed his mother’s murder. This kind of early trauma is widespread behind bars, according to Daniel Silva, 60, who spent 39 years in California’s prison system. Mr. Silva was still locked up when he began to develop the curriculum for the Self-Awareness and Recovery program, which runs healing circles inside several California prisons.