Answer key: Six-Years-Old and College Prep

Lesson Plan: Six-Years-Old: Too Soon For College Prep?

II. While Reading Tasks

Word Inference

  1. applicant |ˈaplikənt| noun a person who makes a formal application for something, typically a job.
  2. mock |mäk|  adjective [ attrib. ] (of an examination, battle, etc.) arranged for training or practice, or performed as a demonstration: Dukakis will have a mock debate with Barnett.
  3. competitive |kəmˈpetətiv| adjective-having or displaying a strong desire to be more successful than others: she had a competitive streak.
  4. decade|ˈdekād| noun-a period of ten years: he taught at the university for nearly a decade.
  5. incentive |inˈsentiv| noun-a thing that motivates or encourages one to do something: there is no incentive for customers to conserve water.
  6. options |ˈäpSHən| noun-a thing that is or may be chosen: choose the cheapest options for supplying energy.
  7. deluged |ˈdel(y)o͞oj|-verb [ with obj. ] (usu. be deluged) inundate with a great quantity of something: he has been deluged with offers of work.
  8. goal |gōl| noun-the object of a person’s ambition or effort; an aim or desired result: going to law school has become the most important goal in his life.
  9. cul-de-sacs |ˈkəl di ˌsak|  noun ( pl. cul-de-sacs or culs-de-sac) a route or course leading nowhere: the pro-democracy forces found themselves in a political cul-de-sac.
  10. host  |hōst| verb [ with obj. ] act as host ( a person who receives or entertains other people as guests: a dinner-party host.) at (an event) or for (a television or radio program).

Source: New Oxford American Dictionary

Reading Comprehension

Word -Recognition

“The age-old question is: ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ You always ask kids that,” Ms. Rigo said. “We need to ask them, ‘How will you get there?’ Even if I am teaching preschool, the word ‘college’ has to be in there.”

Forget meandering — the messaging now is about goals and focus. “It’s sort of like, if you want your kids to be in the Olympics or to have the chance to be in the Olympics,” said Wendy Segal, a tutor and college planner in Westchester County, N.Y., “you don’t wait until your kid is 17 and say, ‘My kid really loves ice skating.’ You start when they are 5 or 6.”

Grammar Focus: Preposition Exercise

One has only to search Pinterest to see the trend. Dozens of elementary schoolteachers share cute activities that make the road to college as clear as ABC. One cut-and-paste work sheet has students using circles and squares to sequence the steps. There are four: mail your application, get accepted, graduate high school and “move in, go to class and study hard!” “College weeks” have become as much a staple of elementary school calendars as the winter band concert. And campus tours are now popular field trips.