Answer Key: Helping children to hear

Lesson Plan: For Deaf Children: The Sound of Hope

II. While Reading Activities

Word Inference

  1. blend  |blend| verb [with object] • (blend in/into) be unobtrusive or harmonious by being similar in appearance or behavior: she would have to employ a permanent bodyguard in the house, someone who would blend in.
  2. preschool |ˈprēsko͞ol| adjective [attributive] relating to the time before a child is old enough to go to kindergarten or elementary school: a preschool play group.
  3. mainstream |ˈmānˌstrēm|  verb [with object]• place (a student with special needs) into a mainstream class or school: the goal is to have the child mainstreamed into a regular classroom.
  4. resist |rəˈzist|  verb [with object]• try to prevent by action or argument: we will continue to resist changes to the treaty.
  5. reject verb |rəˈjekt| [with object] dismiss as inadequate, inappropriate, or not to one’s taste: union negotiators rejected a 1.5 percent pay increase.
  6.  cochlear implant (CI) is a surgically implanted neuroprosthetic device that provides a sense of sound to a person with severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss.-Wikipedia
  7. screen |skrēn| verb test (a person or substance) for the presence or absence of a disease or contaminant: outpatients were screened for cervical cancer.
  8. audiology |ˌôdēˈäləjē| noun the branch of science and medicine concerned with the sense of hearing.
  9. peer |pir| nouna person of the same age, status, or ability as another specified person: he has incurred much criticism from his academic peers.
  10. Chirp |CHərp|verb [no object] (typically of a small bird or an insect) utter a short, sharp, high-pitched sound: outside, the crickets chirped monotonously.


Reading Comprehension


All started out with hearing aids that helped them learn to speak and understand spoken language. But now all have cochlear implants that, as Ms. Lippert put it, “really revolutionized my world” when, at age 11, she became the first preteen to get a cochlear implant at New York University Medical Center. “Suddenly when I was playing soccer, I could hear what my teammates were saying,” Ms. Lippert, now 33, recalled.

Grammar Focus: Word -Recognition

My mother practically cried when I heard a cricket chirping in the house. I couldn’t talk on the phone before. Now in my job at the Veteran’s Affairs Hospital in Manhattan, I’m on the phone all day long. The implant has been a wonderful gift.