Lesson Plan: It’s OK to be Grumpy!
II. While Reading Activities
- grump | ɡrəmp | informal noun a grumpy person: he proved a fearful grump—not the flicker of a smile. • a fit of sulking: he walks off in a grump to the other end of the meadow.
- struggle | ˈstrəɡ(ə)l | verb [no object] • strive to achieve or attain something in the face of difficulty or resistance: new authors are struggling in the present climate | [with infinitive] : many families struggle to make ends meet.
- hospice | ˈhäspəs | noun a home providing care for the sick or terminally ill.
- *you/you’ve got this idiom mainly US informal used to tell someone that you believe they can or will succeed in dealing with something: I know you can lose that weight! You got this!
- reassured | ˌrēəˈSHo͝or | verb [with object] say or do something to remove the doubts or fears of (someone): he understood her feelings and tried to reassure her | [with object and clause] : Joachim reassured him that he was needed.
- rallying | ˈralēiNG | noun 1 [often as modifier] the action or process of coming together to support a person or cause or take concerted action: a rallying cry.
- relentless | rəˈlen(t)ləs |adjective oppressively constant; incessant: the relentless heat of the desert.
- happiness | ˈhapēnəs | noun the state of being happy: she struggled to find happiness in her life | Tom’s heart swelled with happiness.
- vital vi·tal | ˈvīd(ə)l adjective1 absolutely necessary or important; essential: | it is vital that the system is regularly maintained.• indispensable to the continuance of life: the vital organs.
- lingo | ˈliNGɡō | noun (plural lingos or lingoes) informal, often humorous a foreign language or local dialect: they were unable to speak a word of the local lingo.
New Oxford American Dictionary
Grammar Focus: Structure and Usage
I – 1 – is
She is smart, funny and unafraid.
II – 2 – to
In other words, if it’s bad to harsh someone’s mellow, it’s sometimes worse to mellow someone’s harsh.
III – 3 – contradicts
She also contradicts herself.
Reading Comprehension: Identify The Speakers
Therapist Whitney Goodman in TOXIC POSITIVITY: Keeping It Real in a World Obsessed With Being Happy.
- “Positivity lingo lacks nuance, compassion and curiosity. It comes in the form of blanket statements that tell someone how to feel and that the feeling they’re currently having is wrong.”
- “In other words, if it’s bad to harsh someone’s mellow, it’s sometimes worse to mellow someone’s harsh.”
- Positivity ends up being, “a Band-Aid on a bullet wound.”
The happiness scholar Tal Ben-Shahar.
- ” The sun is vital for life on earth.”
Cy Wakeman’s LIFE’S MESSY, LIVE HAPPY: Things Don’t Have to Be Perfect for You to Be Content
- “Stress and suffering don’t come from reality, they come from the stories we make up about reality.”
- “Anything but gratitude is just a tantrum.”
Nickelodeon actor and YouTube star Josh Peck, HAPPY PEOPLE ARE ANNOYING
- “He spent years filling that void with food, drugs and alcohol. That pursuit of happiness resulted first in obesity and then, deftly subbing one substance for another, years of drug addiction.”
- “When he stopped chasing the pretense of happiness and started spending time in A.A., he began to reclaim his life.”