Answer Key: First Thanksgiving For Refugees

Lesson Plan: Refugees Give Gratitude and Thanks for  First Thanksgiving In America

II. While Reading Activities

Word Inference

  1. untenable |ˌənˈtenəb(ə)l| adjective- (especially of a position or view) not able to be maintained or defended against attack or objection: this argument is clearly untenable.
  2. refugees |ˌrefyo͝oˈjē| noun-a person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster: tens of thousands of refugees fled their homes | [as modifier] : a refugee camp.
  3. integral |ˈin(t)əɡrəlinˈteɡrəl| adjective-1 necessary to make a whole complete; essential or fundamental: games are an integral part of the school’s curriculum | systematic training should be integral to library management.
  4. scarce |skers| adjective- (especially of food, money, or some other resource) insufficient for the demand: as raw materials became scarce, synthetics were developed.
  5. advocate |ˈadvəkət| noun –a person who publicly supports or recommends a particular cause or policy: he was an untiring advocate of economic reform.
  6. quota |ˈkwōdə| noun-a limited or fixed number or amount of people or things, in particular:
  7. vet |vet| verb (vets, vetting, vetted) [with object]British investigate (someone) thoroughly, especially in order to ensure that they are suitable for a job requiring secrecy, loyalty, or trustworthiness: each applicant will be vetted by police.
  8. appropriate adjective |əˈprōprēət| suitable or proper in the circumstances: a measure appropriate to a wartime economy.
  9. stock |stäk| noun-• a supply or quantity of something accumulated or available for future use: I need to replenish my stock of food goods.
  10. asylum |əˈsīləm| noun 1 (also political asylum) the protection granted by a nation to someone who has left their native country as a political refugee: she applied for asylum and was granted refugee status.

Source: New Oxford American Dictionary 

Reading Comprehension

True /False/NA-Statements

  1. T-Two years ago this month, Mayada Anjari was only dimly aware that a holiday was approaching.
  2. F-Mayada  Anjari’s family is from from Syria.
  3. T-The family left their home city, Homs in 2013.
  4. F-They registered as refugees with the United Nations, so the boys could attend school.
  5. F-The children could attend school however, the adults could not work legally.
  6. T- Working with the United Nations Refugee Agency, the Department of State brings a certain number of refugees each year.
  7. T-Sponsors must provide a ‘culturally appropriate’ meal for the family.
  8. F-Chris George is an executive director of Integrated Refugees & Immigrants Services,  in New Haven.
  9. T-Fereshteh Ganjavi, who arrived from Afghanistan in 2013 and now works at Integrated Refugees.
  10. T-Dima King, who arrived in the United States last year, is seeking asylum because of the anti-gay persecution.

Grammar: Identifying English Articles

By last fall, the boys (now 14, 12 and 10) had learned about the Pilgrims

Ms. Anjari had memorized the two-mile walk to the nearest store.

She had cooked for the church group.

Fans of Ms. Anjari’s food helped her publish a cookbook of Syrian recipes.

The daily violence of the civil war had made their lives untenable.

From the day of arrival, food is an integral part of adjustment to a new country.

Mr. George is a passionate advocate. An Eritrean mother and children arrived earlier in the year.