Lesson Plan: Apple’s Siri Helps Autistic Child
While Reading Tasks
- isolates |ˈīsəˌlāt| verb- cause (a person or place) to be or remain alone or apart from others: a country that is isolated from the rest of the world.
- ubiquitous |yo͞oˈbikwətəs| adjective- present, appearing, or found everywhere: cowboy hats are ubiquitous among the male singers.
- obsession |əbˈseSHən| noun– an idea or thought that continually preoccupies or intrudes on a person’s mind:
- capacity |kəˈpasitē| noun- the ability or power to do, experience, or understand something: I was impressed by her capacity for hard work
- brusque |brəsk| adjective- abrupt or offhand in speech or manner: she could be brusque and impatient.
- emphatically |emˈfatik(ə)lē| adverb- in a forceful way or manner.
- species |ˈspēsēz, -SHēz| noun- ( pl. same ) ) Biology: a group of living organisms consisting of similar individuals capable of exchanging genes or interbreeding.
- terrapin |ˈterəˌpin| noun-a freshwater turtle, esp. one of the smaller kinds of the Old World. Also called turtle.
- access |ˈakˌses| verb- Computing obtain, examine, or retrieve (data or a file).
- cracked him up idiom- Laughing very hard almost to the point of crying. That comedian really knows how to crack up an audience.
“For most of us, Siri is merely a momentary diversion. But for some, it’s more. My son’s practice conversation with Siri is translating into more facility with actual humans. Yesterday I had the longest conversation with him that I’ve ever had. Admittedly, it was about different species of turtles and whether I preferred the red-eared slider to the diamond-backed terrapin. This might not have been my choice of topic, but it was back and forth, and it followed a logical trajectory. I can promise you that for most of my beautiful son’s 13 years of existence, that has not been the case.”
Correct order of words:
most, Siri, practice, Siri, translating, facility, species, red-eared slider, terrapin, logical, beautiful
Structure and Usage
Siri is a nonjudgmental friend.
Most of us use our phone to access information.
I was having a bad day.