Answer Key: Keep America Wild

Lesson Plan: Keep America Wild and Beautiful!

II. While Reading Activities

Word Inference

  1. summit |ˈsəmət| noun-1 the highest point of a hill or mountain.
  2. conscience |ˈkän(t)SHəns|-noun-an inner feeling or voice viewed as acting as a guide to the rightness or wrongness of one’s behavior:  She was suffering a pang of conscience.
  3. designate verb |ˈdeziɡˌnāt| [ with obj. ] • officially assign a specified status or ascribe a specified name or quality to: [ with obj. and complement ] : certain schools are designated “science schools.”
  4. terminus |ˈtərmənəs| noun (pl. termini |-nī| or terminuses) 1. a final point in space or time; an end or extremity: the exhibition’s terminus is 1962.
  5. fog |fôɡfäɡ| noun-1 a thick cloud of tiny water droplets suspended in the atmosphere at or near the earth’s surface that obscures or restricts visibility (to a greater extent than mist; strictly, reducing visibility to below 1 km): the collision occurred in thick fog.
  6. bicentennial |ˌbīsənˈtenēəl| noun-the two-hundredth anniversary of a significant event: last year’s commemoration of the bicentennial of Mozart’s birth.
  7. systematic |ˌsistəˈmadik| adjective-done or acting according to a fixed plan or system; methodical: a systematic search of the whole city.
  8. delist |dēˈlist|verb [ with obj. ] remove (something) from a list, in particular:
  9. economic |ˌekəˈnämikˌēkəˈnämik| adjective-1 of or relating to economics or the economy: the government’s economic policy | pest species of great economic importance.
  10. deprive |dəˈprīv| verb [ with obj. ]-deny (a person or place) the possession or use of something: the city was deprived of its water supplies.

Reading Comprehension


Mount Katahdin stands as the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail, the arrival and departure point of that 2,200-mile trek through what remains of Eastern American wilderness. The mountain shook Thoreau to his innermost core, and it still rocks countless American visitors who each year make the journey to experience it. How can it threaten us, to care for such a prize and its surroundings in common? Once we “free it up” and spend these lands in the name of development, what then?

 Grammar Focus: Prepositions

Paul R. LePage, the Republican governor of Maine, opposed President Obama’s creation of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, and he continues to oppose it. His opposition seems little more than an attempt to incite partisan rancor and now to ingratiate himself with the [current] administration, with an eye to aggrandizing his own political future.