Answer Key: FAQ: The Midterm Elections

Lesson Plan: Explaining the Midterm Elections To Students

II. While Reading Activities

Word Inference

  1. aggressively |əˈɡresivlē| adverb-in a manner resulting from or betraying aggression: he resisted violently and continued to behave aggressively in the police car.
  2. eligible |ˈeləjəb(ə)l| adjective-having the right to do or obtain something; satisfying the appropriate conditions: customers who are eligible for discounts | [with infinitive]  a foreign student is eligible to attend the school.
  3. guarantee  |ˌɡerənˈtē| noun something that gives a certainty of outcome: past performance is no guarantee of future results.
  4. deregulation |dēˌreɡyəˈlāSH(ə)n| noun-the removal of regulations or restrictions, especially in a particular industry: he fought for deregulation of the telecom industry | banks were allowed to grant mortgages following financial deregulation.
  5. plausible |ˈplôzəb(ə)l| adjective- (of an argument or statement) seeming reasonable or probable: a plausible explanation | it seems plausible that one of two things may happen.
  6. diverse |dəˈvərsdīˈvərs| adjective-showing a great deal of variety; very different: a culturally diverse population | subjects as diverse as architecture, language teaching, and the physical sciences.
  7. competitive |kəmˈpedədiv| adjective- 1 relating to or characterized by competition: a competitive sport | the intensely competitive newspaper industry.
  8. prominence |ˈprämənəns| noun-1 the state of being important or famous: she came to prominence as an artist in the 1960s | [in singular] : the commission gave the case a prominence which it might otherwise have escaped.
  9. proxy  |ˈpräksē| noun (plural proxies) 1 the authority to represent someone else, especially in voting: they may register to vote by proxy.
  10. sway |swā| verb-control or influence (a person or course of action): he’s easily swayed by other people.

Source: New Oxford American Dictionary   

Reading Comprehension: Fill-ins

There are serious questions about protecting the integrity of the vote — and the election process. And, as ever, the White House has been a wild card. Mr. Trump, who has often questioned the intelligence community’s consensus on Russian interference in 2016, has signed an executive order to punish foreign meddling, but lawmakers in both parties have been pushing for something more aggressive.


 Grammar Focus: Structure and Usage


House seats are up every two years.


Who’s going to win the House?


Healthcare is universally a biggie.