Answer Key; NYC’s International Schools

Lesson Plan: U.S. International Schools: Path to the American Dream

II. While Reading Tasks

Word Inference

  1. version  |ˈvərZHən| noun- a particular form of something differing in certain respects from an earlier form or other forms of the same type of thing: a revised version of the paper was produced for a later meeting 
  2. scrambling |ˈskrambəl| verb-[ with infinitive ] struggle or compete with others for something in an eager or uncontrolled and undignified way: firms scrambled to win public-sector contracts.
  3. minors |ˈmīnər| noun-a person under the age of full legal responsibility.
  4. quartile |ˈkwôrˌtīl, ˈkwôrtl| noun-Statistics each of four equal groups into which a population can be divided according to the distribution of values of a particular variable.
  5. qualify |ˈkwäləˌfī| verb-be entitled to a particular benefit or privilege by fulfilling a necessary condition: they do not qualify for compensation payments.
  6. peers |pi(ə)r|-noun-a person of the same age, status, or ability as another specified person: he has incurred much criticism from his academic peers.
  7. spurs |spər| verb -cause or promote the development of; stimulate: governments cut interest rates to spur demand.
  8. translate |transˈlāt, tranz-| verb-express the sense of (words or text) in another language: the German original has been translated into English.
  9. commonalities |ˌkämənˈalitē|-noun-a shared feature or attribute: we discern the commonalities between these writers.
  10. reuniting |ˌrēyo͝oˈnīt| verb-come together or cause to come together again after a period of separation or disunity.

Reading Comprehension

True /False/NA-Statements

  1. T- Flushing International High School is like a version of the United Nations.
  2. F- Evangelista is the school’s principal.
  3. F- There are more than 57,000 unaccompanied child migrants.
  4. T- Enrollees must come from the bottom quartile in scores on English-language tests.
  5. F- Flushing’s four-year graduation rate is 70 percent.
  6. T- About 60 of the school’s new enrollees are from Central America.
  7. NA-Many of the students live in New York City.
  8. T- The article  states that David Martinez is from El Salvador.
  9. T- One thing students have in common is overcoming a separation from their parents.
  10. NA- Many of the students become teachers.

 Grammar Focus

Structure and Usage


Students come from about 40 different countries.


Many of these children catch up to their U.S. peers.


Students who don’t speak the same language are grouped together.