Answer Key: Science lessons for the next president

Lesson Plan: The President Needs to be Ready

II. While Reading Activities

  1. typically |ˈtipik(ə)lē| adverb [ sentence adverb ] : typically, she showed no alarm | [ as submodifier ] : a typically British stiff upper lip
  2. boost |bo͞ost| verb help or encourage (something) to increase or improve: a range of measures to boost tourism.
  3. arcane |ärˈkān|adjective-understood by few; mysterious or secret: modern math and its arcane notation.
  4. bracket |ˈbrakit|-verb (brackets, bracketing, bracketed) [ with obj. ]enclose (words or figures) in brackets: (as adj. bracketed) : the relevant data are included as bracketed points.
  5. deride |dəˈrīd|-verb [ with obj. ]express contempt for; ridicule: critics derided the proposals as clumsy attempts to find a solution.
  6. fiasco |fēˈaskō| noun (pl. fiascos) a thing that is a complete failure, especially in a ludicrous or humiliating way: his plans turned into a fiasco.
  7. savvy |ˈsavē| (also savviness) informal-noun-shrewdness and practical knowledge; the ability to make good judgments: the financiers lacked the necessary political savvy.
  8. pathogen |ˈpaTHəjənˈpaTHəˌjen| noun-Medicine a bacterium, virus, or other microorganism that can cause disease.
  9. pandemic  |panˈdemik| adjective-(of a disease) prevalent over a whole country or the world. the disease is pandemic in Euope: widespread, prevalent, pervasive, rife, rampant.
  10. ethical |ˈeTHək(ə)l| adjective-of or relating to moral principles or the branch of knowledge dealing with these: ethical issues in nursing | ethical churchgoing men.


New Oxford American Dictionary

Reading Comprehension

A month earlier, Bush wrestled with whether to allow federal funding for research involving stem cells taken from human embryos. And just a week after the attacks, someone mailed anthrax-filled letters to media outlets and politicians, killing five people and prompting the White House to launch a massive effort to improve bioterror defenses.

Grammar Focus

Word -Recognition

Other brain health issues abound. Learning disabilities are a big issue in classrooms; mental illness is common in the homeless, in addicts, and in prison inmates; and concussions have become a major concern in sports. The military faces the burden of treating traumatic brain injuries and the psychological aftereffects of combat. Effective diagnostics and treatments could make a huge difference.