II. While Reading Activities
- adolescence |ˌadəˈlesəns| noun-the period following the onset of puberty during which a young person develops from a child into an adult.
- illiterate |i(l)ˈlidərət| adjective- unable to read or write: his parents were illiterate.
- transition |tranˈziSH(ə)ntranˈsiSH(ə)n| noun-the process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another: students in transition from one program to another | a transition to multiparty democracy.
- *blow off verb, slang To ignore or intentionally avoid a person, planned event, or responsibility, often to do something frivolous instead. I blew off class this afternoon and went to the mall instead.
- technology |tekˈnäləjē| noun (plural technologies) the application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes, especially in industry: advances in computer technology | recycling technologies.
- decade |ˈdekād| noun- 1 a period of ten years: he taught at the university for nearly a decade.
- merry-go-round |ˈmerē ɡō ˌround| • a continuous cycle of activities or events, especially when perceived as having no purpose or producing no result: the football management merry-go-round.
- depict |dəˈpikt| verb [with object] -show or represent by a drawing, painting, or other art form.
- participant |ˌpärˈtisəpənt| noun- a person who takes part in something: eager students would become firsthand participants in an archaeological exploration.
- focused |ˈfəʊkəst| adjective- directing a great deal of attention, interest, or activity towards a particular aim: Darren knows what he wants and he’s very focused |
Source: New Oxford American Dictionary; *Farlex Dictionary of Idioms.
Grammar Focus: Structure and Usage
He needed a job.
He remembers his first computer class.
It took a few years to make that idea a reality.
Reading Comprehension: Fill-ins
A decade ago, this center was just an idea Mitchel had. Back then, she was working at Goodwill and saw a booming economy. Most people had jobs, except for those who had previously been incarcerated.