Answer Key: Rude Children

Lesson Plan: Kids Today Are So Rude -Are Parents to Blame?

II. While Reading Activities

  1. mislay |misˈlā| verb  (past and past participle mislaid) [with object] unintentionally put (an object) where it cannot readily be found and so lose it temporarily: I seem to have mislaid my car keys.
  2. wane 1 |wān| verb [no object] • (especially of a condition or feeling) decrease in vigor, power, or extent; become weaker: confidence in the dollar waned.
  3. alternate adjective |ˈôltərnət| (abbreviation alt.) [attributive] • (of two things) each following and succeeded by the other in a regular pattern: alternate bouts of intense labor and of idleness.
  4. indignant  |inˈdiɡnənt| adjective-feeling or showing anger or annoyance at what is perceived as unfair treatment: he was indignant at being the object of suspicion.
  5. unappeased  |ʌnəˈpiːzd| adjective not pacified, placated, or satisfied: the woman still stood, wrathful and unappeased.
  6. pelt 1 |pelt| verb [with object] attack (someone) by repeatedly hurling things at them: two little boys pelted him with rotten apples.
  7. deteriorated |dəˈtirēəˌrāt| verb [no object] become progressively worse: relations between the countries had deteriorated sharply | (as adjective deteriorating) : deteriorating economic conditions.
  8. indecorous |ˌinˈdekərəs| adjective-not in keeping with good taste and propriety; improper.
  9. frenzied |ˈfrenzēd| adjective -wildly excited or uncontrolled: a frenzied attack.
  10. courtesy  |ˈkərdəsē| noun (plural courtesies) the showing of politeness in one’s attitude and behavior toward others: he had been treated with a degree of courtesy not far short of deference.

Source: New Oxford American Dictionary

Grammar Focus: Identifying Prepositions

  1. Our children still shout at restaurants.
  2. We’d need to make major shifts in our parenting to raise more polite kids.
  3. Children have contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders.
  4. Those are words attributed to Socrates, recorded over two millennia ago.
  5. Take the growing amount of time kids spend using screens. 
  6. The question hints at society’s growing casualness.
  7. The last thing I want to do is come home and get on my kids’ case.
  8. I don’t want to lose my whole time with the kids to arguing.


Reading Comprehension: Identify The  Speakers

  1. Catherine Steiner-Adair, a Cambridge-based psychologist. “There are social skills parents want to cultivate that technology can disrupt.”
  2. Roslindale father Matthew Lippman “I can get overwhelmed and exhausted by the minutiae of making dinner and schedules and attending to immediate needs.”
  3. Phoebe Segal, an art curator in Boston. “The last thing I want to do is come home and immediately get on my kids’ case…”
  4. Developmental psychologist Dorothy Richardson, “Even more than through observation, children learn empathy by receiving empathy.”
  5. Diane Gottsman, a national etiquette expert “We can say whatever we want to our children about manners, but more importantly, they’re following our lead…”
  6. J. Stuart Ablon, director of the Think: Kids behavioral therapy program at Massachusetts General Hospital, “Likewise, before judging our children’s technology-related rudeness, we must examine our own. Kids watch adults all the time, so when we’re constantly interrupting discussions to check our phone and then losing track of the conversation, they pick up on that.”