Lesson Plan: Is It Healthy to Hold on to Grudges? Many Say “No”
II. While Reading Activities
- grudge |ɡrəj| noun- a persistent feeling of ill will or resentment resulting from a past insult or injury: she held a grudge against her former boss.
- cherish |ˈCHeriSH| verb- protect and care for (someone) lovingly: he cared for me beyond measure and cherished me in his heart.
- slight |slīt| noun- an insult caused by a failure to show someone proper respect or attention: an unintended slight can create grudges | he was seething at the slight to his authority.
- dissolution |ˌdisəˈlo͞oSH(ə)n| noun-the closing down or dismissal of an assembly, partnership, or official body: the dissolution of their marriage |
- seethe |sēT͟H| verb –(of a person) be filled with intense but unexpressed anger: inwardly he was seething at the slight to his authority.
- anecdote |ˈanəkˌdōt| noun-a short and amusing or interesting story about a real incident or person: told anecdotes about his job | he had a rich store of anecdotes.
- introspective |ˌintrəˈspektiv| adjective-characterized by or given to introspection: he grew withdrawn and introspective.
- cliché |klēˈSHā| (also cliche) noun– a phrase or opinion that is overused and betrays a lack of original thought: the old cliché “one man’s meat is another man’s poison.”
- stress |stres| noun-a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances: he’s obviously under a lot of stress |
- ineffective |ˌinəˈfektiv| adjective-not producing any significant or desired effect: the legal sanctions against oil spills are virtually ineffective | a weak and ineffective president.
Grammar Focus: Structure and Usage
Getting over grudges is good.
You should think about the source of your grudge.
Life doesn’t always turn out the way we want it to.
F-One of the author’s favorite party games is to ask a group of people, ‘What is your oldest or most cherished grudge?’
NA The author’s wife attends these parties.
F- When it comes to grudges, none can be too small or petty.
T-According to the article some people hold grudges from childhood.
T-When asked if they had ever given up on a grudge a few people replied simply: ‘No.’
NA- The author has children who hold grudges.
F- Dr. Frederic Luskin is the founder of the Stanford Forgiveness Project.
T- Full forgiveness has four actions, according to Dr. Luskin.
T-According to Dr. Luskin forgiveness is a learnable skill.
T-The author admits that grudges can be fun to hold.