Answer Key: Reflections on a Great President

Lesson Plan: Barack Obama: Reflection on a Great President

II. While Reading Activities

Word Inference

  1. indignity |inˈdiɡnədē| noun (pl. indignities) treatment or circumstances that cause one to feel shame or to lose one’s dignity: the indignity of needing financial help | he was subjected to all manner of indignities.
  2. despair |dəˈsper|  verb- the complete loss or absence of hope:lose or be without hope: we should not despair | he was beginning to despair of ever knowing.
  3. unique |yo͞oˈnēk| adjective-being the only one of its kind; unlike anything else: the situation was unique in modern politics | original and unique designs.
  4. dignity |ˈdiɡnədē| noun (pl. dignities) the state or quality of being worthy of honor or respect: a man of dignity and unbending principle | the dignity of labor.
  5. accomplishments |əˈkämpliSHmənt| noun-something that has been achieved successfully: the reduction of inflation was a remarkable accomplishment.
  6. crossroads |ˈkrôsˌrōdz| noun- a point at which a crucial decision must be made that will have far-reaching consequences: we stand again at a historic crossroads.
  7. decency |ˈdēsənsē|noun (pl. decencies)- behavior that conforms to accepted standards of morality or respectability: she had the decency to come and confess.
  8. restrained |rəˈstrānd| adjective- characterized by reserve or moderation; unemotional or dispassionate: he had restrained manners.
  9. legacy  |ˈleɡəsē| noun (pl. legacies)  a thing handed down by a predecessor: the legacy of centuries of neglect.
  10. heavy |ˈhevē| adjective-mentally oppressive; hard to endure: a heavy burden of responsibility.

Source: New Oxford American Dictionary

Reading Comprehension: Fill-ins

Watching President Obama at the Kennedy Center Honors show on television every December has reliably put a lump in my throat. The way he grinned, and grooved, and shook his head in time with the music, eyes closed, and mouthed the words — unquestionably cool. But the lump came from seeing his palpable pleasure in the extraordinary range of talent being celebrated, the diversity of Americans’ creativity on glorious display.

 Grammar Focus: Structure and Usage


President Obama’s domestic legacy is one of thoughtful policy.


President Obama showed his humanity.


It is because of him that I finally found my place in America.