Answer key: Michigan: Hemingway’s Shangri-La

Lesson Plan: Michigan: Hemingway’s Shangri-La

Word Inference

  1. luxury |ˈləkSH(ə)rē, ˈləgZH(ə)-| noun-the state of great comfort and extravagant living: he lived a life of luxury.
  2. suburb |ˈsəbərb| noun-an outlying district of a city, esp. a residential one.
  3. exaggerate |igˈzajəˌrāt| verb-represent (something) as being larger, greater, better, or worse than it really is: they were apt to exaggerate any aches and pains
  4. seismic |ˈsīzmik| adjective-of enormous proportions or effect: there are seismic pressures threatening American society
  5. channel |ˈCHanl|  verb- emulate or seem to be inspired by; Hemingway writes about Nick Adams as if he’s channeling his life in Michigan.
  6. juxtaposition |ˌjəkstəpəˈziSHən| noun-the fact of two things being seen or placed close together with contrasting effect: the juxtaposition of these two images.
  7. terraced |ˈterist| adjective-of land) having been formed into a number of level areas resembling a series of steps.
  8. hallowed |ˈhalō| adj.- greatly revered or respected: in keeping with a hallowed family tradition.
  9. archetype |ˈärk(i)ˌtīp| noun-a very typical example of a certain person or thing: the book is a perfect archetype of the genre.
  10. adolescence |ˌadlˈesəns| noun-the period following the onset of puberty during which a young person develops from a child into an adult.

Reading Comprehension: Word -Recognition

Despite having grown up three hours south of Petoskey and having fished many of the local waters that Hemingway did, I couldn’t recall ever setting foot in the town. Nowadays I live out East and rarely find my way back home. And so, in June, I finally made it to Michigan, intent on tracing Hemingway’s boyhood orbit and seeing the country where Nick Adams came of age.

 Grammar Focus: Preposition Exercise

The Petoskey area is absolutely the best trout fishing in the country. And the best place in the world to do nothing.

Driving up the east coast of Lake Michigan to Glen Arbor, I cut across the pinkie of Michigan’s mitten to Traverse City.

In Petoskey, which sits on a bluff overlooking Little Traverse Bay, a warm breeze swept off the lake and wheeled and skidded through the streets.