II. While Reading Activities
- schedule |plan| noun an intention or decision about what one is going to do: I have no plans to retire.
- pandemic |panˈdemik| adjective (of a disease) prevalent over a whole country or the world.
- agonizing |ˈaɡəˌnīziNG| (also agonising) adjective causing great physical or mental pain: there is an agonizing choice to make | an agonizing death.
- 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.
- 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.
- appeal |əˈpēl| verb [no object] 3 be attractive or interesting: the range of topics will appeal to youngsters.
- spark |spärk| verb–provide the stimulus for (a dramatic event or process): the severity of the plan sparked off street protests.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.”
- 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.”
- 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.”
- Sandy Goldberg, a spokeswoman for Gap Inc.,: “The company had started making face coverings for families at the outset of the pandemic.”
- 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.”