Answer Key: Good and Bad Gossip

Lesson Plan: Good Gossip vs. Bad Gossip

II. While Reading Activities

Word Inference

  1. gossip |ˈɡäsəp| noun  casual or unconstrained conversation or reports about other people, typically involving details that are not confirmed as being true: he became the subject of much local gossip.
  2. vulnerable |ˈvəln(ə)rəb(ə)l| adjective susceptible to physical or emotional attack or harm: we were in a vulnerable position | small fish are vulnerable to predators.
  3. severe |səˈvir| adjective (severer, severest) 1 (of something bad or undesirable) very great; intense: a severe shortage of technicians | a severe attack of asthma | damage is not too severe.
  4. Proverbs |ˈprävərbz| (also Book of Proverbs) a book of the Bible containing maxims attributed mainly to Solomon.
  5. cruelty  |ˈkro͞o(ə)ltē| noun (plural cruelties)  callous indifference to or pleasure in causing pain and suffering: he has treated her with extreme cruelty.
  6. speculated |ˈspekyəˌlāt| verb [no object] 1 form a theory or conjecture about a subject without firm evidence: my colleagues speculate about my private life | [with clause] : observers speculated that the authorities wished to improve their image.
  7. accrue  |əˈkro͞o| verb (accrues, accruing, accrued) [no object] (of sums of money or benefits) be received by someone in regular or increasing amounts over time: financial benefits will accrue from restructuring | (as adjective accrued) : the accrued interest.
  8. adolescent  |ˌadəˈles(ə)nt| adjective (of a young person) in the process of developing from a child into an adult.
  9. norm |nôrm| noun•  (usually norms) a standard or pattern, especially of social behavior, that is typical or expected of a group: the norms of good behavior in the civil service.
  10. trash talk |træʃ tɔk| (also trash talking) US informal noun insulting or boastful speech intended to demoralize, intimidate, or humiliate someone, especially an opponent in an athletic contest: he heard more trash talk from the Giants before the game than during the game | stop the trash talking and stop the violence.  

Source: New Oxford American Dictionary

Grammar Focus: Structure and Usage

I – 2- were

We were trying to understand things about ourselves.

II – 1 – an

Trading information felt like an opportunity.

III -3 – obliterates

The internet also obliterates the privacy of a personal network.

Reading Comprehension Fill-ins

That doesn’t mean gossip is ever moral or fair or even true; it’s just that it can also be an enormous amount of fun…Despite her many attempts, my friend never completely kicked her gossip habit, and I remain hopeful that I can coax her off the wagon for good.