II. While Reading Activities
- resilient |rəˈzilyənt| adjective 1 (of a person or animal) able to withstand or recover quickly from difficult conditions: babies are generally far more resilient than new parents realize | the fish are resilient to most infections.
- backpacking verb [no object] (usually as noun backpacking) travel or hike carrying one’s belongings in a backpack: a week’s backpacking in the Pyrenees | he has backpacked around the world.
- besiege |bəˈsēj| verb [with object] crowd around oppressively; surround and harass: she spent the whole day besieged by newsmen.
- mutiny |ˈmyo͞otnē| verb (mutinies, mutinying, mutinied) [no object] refuse to obey the orders of a person in authority.
- epic |ˈepik| adjective • heroic or grand in scale or character: his epic journey around the world | a tragedy of epic proportions.
- optimism |ˈäptəˌmizəm| noun 1 hopefulness and confidence about the future or the successful outcome of something: the talks had been amicable, and there were grounds for optimism.
- *bounce back, phrasal verb (also: bouncing back; bounces back) to return quickly to a normal condition after a difficult situation or event. After losing the first three games of the series, they bounced back to win their next eight games.
- thrive |THrīv| verb (thrives, thriving; past throve |THrōv| or thrived; past participle thriven |ˈTHrivən| or thrived) [no object] (of a child, animal, or plant) grow or develop well or vigorously: the new baby thrived.
- plague |plāɡ| verb (plagues, plaguing, plagued) [with object] cause continual trouble or distress to: the problems that plagued the company | he has been plagued by ill health.
- stable |ˈstābəl| adjective (stabler, stablest) • not likely to change or fail; firmly established: a stable relationship | prices have remained relatively stable.
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Grammar Focus: Identifying Prepositions
Make the most of small challenges. If you put the word “resilience” on a poster, it would probably be under a photo of someone climbing a mountain, fighting a forest fire or perhaps tending to patients in a Covid ward. But, in fact, it’s the small disappointments or frustrating moments that truly build resilience.
When teaching canoeing, for instance, he starts by putting a kid into a boat to see if she can figure it out. Then, after a little frustration, he gives some instruction and lets her try again.
Reading Comprehension: Identify The Speakers
- Erik Vance, author of article ‘The Secret to Raising a Resilient Kid.’ “Whether he knew it or not, Dad was a big believer in the concept of resilience, the ability to engage with a challenge, risk or impediment, and come out the other side with some measure of success.”
- Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg, a pediatrician and the author of the American Academy of Pediatrics’s book “Building Resilience in Children and Teens. “Resilient people not only bounce back, but also thrive in the best of times.”
- Ann Masten, a psychology professor at the University of Minnesota and a pioneer in the study of resiliency in children. “Creating resilience in children isn’t just chucking them into the deep end of a pool to see if they can swim, it’s about the bedrock of support you give them every day. Having a relationship with a caring parent is far and away the most powerful protective factor for children,”
- Tyler Fish works for the outdoor education company Outward Bound, helping set educational priorities for, say, youth backpacking, dog-sledding or canoeing trips across the world. “It’s not just about being tough — that’s not resiliency. It’s about doing things that you’re not sure you can do. And with other people.”