II. While Reading Activities
- midterm elections Midterm elections in the United States are the general elections held in November every four years, near the midpoint of a president’s four-year term of office. The next midterm election is due in 2018. Federal offices that are up for election during the midterms are members of the United States Congress, including all 435 seats in the United States House of Representatives, and the full terms for 33 or 34 of the 100 seats in the United States Senate. [Wikipedia]
- indictment |inˈdītmənt| noun-a thing that serves to illustrate that a system or situation is bad and deserves to be condemned: these rapidly escalating crime figures are an indictment of our society.
- symptom |ˈsim(p)təm| noun-• a sign of the existence of something, especially of an undesirable situation: the government was plagued by leaks—a symptom of divisions and poor morale.
- capitalize |ˈkapədlˌīz| verb – 1 [no object] (capitalize on) take the chance to gain advantage from: an attempt by the opposition to capitalize on the government’s embarrassment.
- critique |kriˈtēk| noun -a detailed analysis and assessment of something, especially a literary, philosophical, or political theory.
- discourse |ˈdisˌkôrs| noun-written or spoken communication or debate: the language of political discourse .
- condemnation |ˌkändəmˈnāSH(ə)n| noun -the expression of very strong disapproval; censure: there was strong international condemnation of the attack.
- prosecution |ˌpräsəˈkyo͞oSH(ə)n| noun-1 the institution and conducting of legal proceedings against someone in respect of a criminal charge: Olesky faces prosecution on charges he spied for Russian intelligence
- democracy |dəˈmäkrəsē| noun -(plural democracies) a system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives; the practice or principles of social equality: demands for greater democracy.
- argument |ˈärɡyəmənt| noun -a reason or set of reasons given with the aim of persuading others that an action or idea is right or wrong: there is a strong argument for submitting a formal appeal.
Source: Oxford American Writer’s Thesaurus
Reading Comprehension: Word -Recognition
Next week, Obama plans to campaign in Ohio for Richard Cordray, the Democratic nominee for governor, and Ohio Democrats. Obama’s campaign activity will continue through October and will include fundraising appearances, according to an Obama adviser. The adviser was not authorized to discuss Obama’s thinking publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. While the former president will be visible throughout the general election, the adviser said that Obama will not be a daily presence on the campaign trail.
Grammar Focus: Structure and Usage
The event was streamed by the University.
Obama has largely remained out of the spotlight.
These people aren’t accountable.