Answer Key How Christmas Came to The Flats

Lesson Plan: How Christmas Came to the Santa Maria Flats By Elia W. Peattie

II. While Reading Activities

Word Inference

  1. *Flat noun A flat is the British English equivalent of the word apartment. A flat is a single-family suite of rooms including a kitchen and at least one bathroom situated in a building with multiple such suites, a flat is generally a rental property. The word flat meaning an apartment comes from the Old English word flett, which means floor, a dwelling. Occasionally, one sees the word flat used in North America to give a more upscale feeling to the property available for rent, while in Britain one occasionally sees the word apartment to indicate that the rental property in question is luxurious.
  2. Lease |lēs| noun a contract by which one party conveys land, property, services, etc., to another for a specified time, usually in return for a periodic payment.
  3. ukase |yo͞oˈkās| noun  an arbitrary command: defying the publisher in the very building from which he had issued his ukase.
  4. permit verb |pərˈmit| (permits, permitting, permitted) give authorization or consent to (someone) to do something: [with object and infinitive] : the law permits councils to monitor any factory emitting smoke | [with two objects] : he would not permit anybody access to the library.
  5. peculiar |pəˈkyo͞olyər| adjective  strange or odd; unusual: his accent was a peculiar mixture of Cockney and Irish.
  6. vestibule |ˈvestəˌbyo͞ol| noun  an antechamber, hall, or lobby next to the outer door of a building.
  7. janitor  |ˈjanədər| noun chiefly North American a person employed as a caretaker of a building; a custodian.
  8. digression |ˌdīˈɡreSH(ə)n| noun -a temporary departure from the main subject in speech or writing: let’s return to the main topic after that brief digression.
  9. melancholy  |ˈmelənˌkälē| noun  a feeling of pensive sadness, typically with no obvious cause: an air of melancholy surrounded him | he had an ability to convey a sense of deep melancholy and yearning through much of his work | at the center of his music lies a profound melancholy and nostalgia.
  10. skylight   |ˈskīˌlīt| noun  a window installed in a roof or ceiling.

Sources:  New Oxford American Dictionary,  * The Grammarist

Grammar Focus: Structure and Usage

I – 1-were

There were twenty-six flat children.

II – 1-was

Cecil was evicted, along with his parents.

III – 1-in

It was in the Lease not to run and not to jump.

Reading Comprehension Fill-ins

‘You can see for yourself!’ said Ernest tragically. Roderick could see for himself. There was an inch-wide opening down which the Friend of the Children could squeeze himself, and, as everybody knows, he needs a good deal of room now, for he has grown portly with age, and his pack every year becomes bigger, owing to the ever-increasing number of girls and boys he has to supply.