Answer Key: Girls Are Tough

Lesson Plan: Girls Are Tough…If  Parents Allow Them To Be

II. While Reading Tasks

Word Inference

  1. insulting |inˈsəltiNG| adjective-disrespectful or scornfully abusive: insulting remarks | their language is insulting to women.
  2. self-esteem |ˈˌsɛlf əˈstim| noun-confidence in one’s own worth or abilities; self-respect: assertiveness training for those with low self-esteem.
  3. caution |ˈkôSHən| noun-care taken to avoid danger or mistakes: anyone receiving a suspect package should exercise extreme caution.• warning: business advisers have sounded a note of caution.
  4. instinct |ˈinstiNGkt| noun-an innate, typically fixed pattern of behavior in animals in response to certain stimuli: birds have an instinct to build nests | maternal instincts.
  5. klutzy-|kləts| noun informala clumsy, awkward, or foolish person.
  6. courage |ˈkərij, ˈkə-rij| noun-the ability to do something that frightens one: she called on all her courage to face the ordeal.
  7. mishap |ˈmisˌhap| noun-an unlucky accident: although there were a few minor mishaps, none of the pancakes stuck to the ceiling | the event passed without mishap.
  8. triumph |ˈtrīəmf| nouna great victory or achievement: a garden built to celebrate Napoleon’s many triumphs.
  9. discouraged |disˈkərijd, -ˈkə-rijd| verb-cause (someone) to lose confidence or enthusiasm: I don’t want to discourage you, but I don’t think it’s such a good idea.
  10. outlier |ˈoutˌlīər| noun-a person or thing situated away or detached from the main body or system: less accessible islands and outliers.

Source: New Oxford American Dictionary

Reading Comprehension

True /False/NA-Statements

  1. F- According to the author fear conditioning begins early.
  2. T- Studies have shown that  sports, hiking, and playing outdoors is tied to girls’ self-esteem.
  3. F- Both moms and dads teach their sons to face their fears.
  4. NA-Boys can be taught to fear things.
  5. T-The author states that she had been a klutzy child.
  6. NA-The author is teaching her daughter to be courageous.
  7. F- According to one report girls may be less likely than boys to try challenging physical activities.
  8. T-The author states that when a girl reaches adulthood it’s too late to teach her empowerment.
  9. T-We need to embolden girls to master skills that at first appear difficult.
  10. F-The author  was a fire fighter.

 Grammar Focus: Structure and Usage


When girls become women, this fear manifests in timid decision making.


I had been a klutzy child.


Nobody is saying that injuries are good.