Answer key: Masks Essential for Back to School

Lesson Plan: If Kids Return to School Masks Are Must!

II. While Reading Activities

Word Inference

  1. schedule |plan| noun an intention or decision about what one is going to do: I have no plans to retire.
  2. pandemic  |panˈdemik| adjective (of a disease) prevalent over a whole country or the world.
  3. agonizing |ˈaɡəˌnīziNG| (also agonising) adjective causing great physical or mental pain: there is an agonizing choice to make | an agonizing death.
  4. essential |əˈsen(t)SHəl| adjective 1 absolutely necessary; extremely important: [with infinitive] : it is essential to keep up-to-date records | fiber is an essential ingredient.
  5. dystopia |disˈtōpēə| noun an imagined place or state in which everything is unpleasant or bad, typically a totalitarian or environmentally degraded one. Compare with utopia.
  6. appeal |əˈpēl| verb [no object] 3 be attractive or interesting: the range of topics will appeal to youngsters.
  7. spark |spärk|  verb–provide the stimulus for (a dramatic event or process): the severity of the plan sparked off street protests.
  8. infect |inˈfekt verb [with object] affect (a person, organism, cell, etc.) with a disease-causing organism: there is no evidence that the virus can infect humans. • contaminate (air, water, etc.) with harmful organisms.
  9. influence |ˈinflo͝oəns|  noun the capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behavior of someone or something, or the effect itself: the influence of television violence | I was still under the influence of my parents | their friends are having a bad influence on them.• the power to shape policy or ensure favorable treatment from someone, especially through status, contacts, or wealth: the institute has considerable influence with teachers.
  10. requirement  |rəˈkwī(ə)rmənt|  nouna thing that is needed or wanted: choose the type of window that suits your requirements best.

Source: New Oxford American Dictionary


Grammar Focus: Structure and Usage

I- 1- were

Masks were designed to help children adapt to the new normal.

II – 2-are

Some companies are making large quantities of masks for children.

III – 2- are

There are concerns that the reopening of schools could spark outbreaks.

Identify The  Speakers

  1. Dr. Andrew Adesman, the chief of developmental and behavioral pediatrics at the Cohen Children’s Medical Center in Queens: “The reality is, you want children to go back to school in the safest way possible.”
  2. Shannon Dorsey, a psychology professor at the University of Washington:  “The key to getting children to wear masks in school was to make them fun.”
  3. Rich Wuerthele, Crayola’s president and chief executive: ” The company had designed its masks to help children adapt to the new normal and feel comfortable in school.”
  4. Sandy Goldberg, a spokeswoman for Gap Inc.,: “The company had started making face coverings for families at the outset of the pandemic.”
  5. Neil Saunders, managing director of retail at GlobalData: “Some stores want children to pester their parents for masks, “for kids to say, ‘I want that mask because it’s nicely designed.”