Lesson Plan: Jane Goodall was Right: Chimps Share Personality Traits With Humans
II. While Reading Activities
- attribute verb |əˈtriˌbyo͞ot| [ with obj. ] (attribute something to) regard a quality or feature as characteristic of or possessed by (someone or something): ancient peoples attributed magic properties to certain stones.
- trait |trāt|noun a distinguishing quality or characteristic, typically one belonging to a person: he was a letter-of-the-law man, a common trait .
- horrified |ˈhôrəˌfī| verb (horrifies, horrifying, horrified) [ with obj. ] (usu. be horrified) fill with horror; shock greatly: they were horrified by the very idea | (as adj. horrified) : the horrified spectators | (as adj. horrifying) : a horrifying incident.
- anthropomorphism |ˌanTHrəpəˈmôrfizəm| noun-the attribution of human characteristics or behavior to a god, animal, or object.
- vivid |ˈvivid| adjective –producing powerful feelings or strong, clear images in the mind: memories of that evening were still vivid | a vivid description.
- examination |iɡˌzaməˈnāSH(ə)n|noun-a detailed inspection or investigation: an examination of marketing behavior | a medical examination is conducted without delay.
- previous |ˈprēvēəs| adjective-existing or occurring before in time or order: she looked tired after her exertions of the previous evening | tickets will be sold on the same basis as in previous years.
- guinea pigs |ˈɡinē ˌpiɡ| noun-a domesticated, tailless South American cavy, originally raised for food. It no longer occurs in the wild and is now typically kept as a pet or for laboratory research.
- confident |ˈkänfədənt| adjective-feeling or showing confidence in oneself; self-assured: she was a confident, outgoing girl | a confident smile.
- assess |əˈses| verb [ with obj. ]evaluate or estimate the nature, ability, or quality of: the committee must assess the relative importance of the issues | [ with clause ] : it is difficult to assess whether this is a new trend.
Source: New Oxford American Dictionary
Robert Latzman, an associate professor at Georgia State University, who was not involved in the study, said his research with chimpanzees in zoos has always left open the question of whether animals in the wild are somehow different… ‘The work in the wild underscores how similar these animals truly are to humans.
Grammar Focus: Structure and Usage
The animals were individually assessed.
Some say that dogs also have similar personality traits.
Research in the wild underscores how similar these animals truly are to humans.