Answer Key: Non-Speaking Valedictorian Is A Hit

Lesson Plan:  A Non-Speaking Valedictorian Makes Powerful Statements

II. While Reading Activities

Word Inference

  1. autism |ˈôˌtizəm| noun a mental condition, present from early childhood, characterized by difficulty in communicating and forming relationships with other people and in using language and abstract concepts.
  2. resonate |ˈreznˌāt| verb [no object]  • evoke or suggest images, memories, and emotions: the words resonate with so many different meanings.
  3. valedictorian  |ˌvalədikˈtôrēən| noun a student, typically having the highest academic achievements of the class, who delivers the valedictory at a graduation ceremony.
  4. commencement |kəˈmensmənt| noun 2 North American a ceremony in which degrees or diplomas are conferred on graduating students: [as modifier] : a commencement address.
  5. accepting  |əkˈsept| verb [with object] regard favorably or with approval; welcome: the Harvard literati accepted him as one of them.
  6. irony  |ˈīrənē| noun (plural ironies)  the expression of one’s meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect: “Don’t go overboard with the gratitude,” he rejoined with heavy irony.
  7. Keller, Helen |ˈkelər| (1880–1968), US writer, social reformer, and academic; full name Helen Adams Keller. Blind and deaf from an early age, she learned how to read, type, and speak with the help of her tutor, Anne Sullivan (1866–1936).
  8. evoked |əˈvōk| verb [with object] 1 bring or recall to the conscious mind: the sight of American asters evokes pleasant memories of childhood.• elicit (a response): the awkward kid who evoked giggles from his sisters.
  9. *Fred Rogers  Fred McFeely Rogers (March 20, 1928 – February 27, 2003), also known as Mister Rogers, was an American television host, author, producer, and Presbyterian minister.He was the creator, showrunner, and host of the preschool television series Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, which ran from 1968 to 2001..He attended Dartmouth College for one year before transferring to Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, where he graduated magna cum laude in 1951 with a Bachelor of Music.
  10. humility  |(h)yo͞oˈmilədē| noun a modest or low view of one’s own importance; humbleness.


New Oxford American Dictionary

* Wikipedia

 Grammar Focus: Structure and Usage

I  – 1 – hasn’t

Bonker, who is affected by nonspeaking autism, hasn’t spoken since she was 15 months old.

II  – 2 -has

She has overcome many challenges and graduated at the top of her class.

III  — 3 – by

She’ll also work to educate the public about the millions of people affected by nonspeaking autism.

Reading Comprehension Fill-ins

She’ll also work to educate the public about the millions of people affected by nonspeaking autism. As she has stressed in the past,  it is not a cognitive or intellectual disorder.

An estimated 25–30% of children with autism spectrum disorder are nonspeaking or minimally speaking, according to recent studies.