Answer Key: Snowplow Parents

Lesson Plan: How ‘Snowplow’ Parents Ruin Their Children’s Future

II. While Reading Activities

Word Inference

  1. renowned |rəˈnound| adjective-known or talked about by many people; famous: a restaurant renowned for its Southwestern-style food.
  2. anxious |ˈaNG(k)SHəs| adjective-1 experiencing worry, unease, or nervousness, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome: she was extremely anxious about her exams.
  3. affluent |ˈaflo͞oəntəˈflo͞oənt| adjective-1 (especially of a group or area) having a great deal of money; wealthy: the affluent societies of the western world | (as plural noun the affluent) : only the affluent could afford to travel abroad.
  4. donation  |dōˈnāSH(ə)n| noun-something that is given to a charity, especially a sum of money: a tax-deductible donation of $200.
  5. radar |ˈrāˌdär| noun-• used to indicate that someone or something has or has not come to the attention of a person or group: the band has been kind of off the radar these past few years.
  6. Bribe |brīb| verb [with object] persuade (someone) to act in one’s favor, typically illegally or dishonestly, by a gift of money or other inducement: an undercover agent bribed the judge into giving a lenient sentence
  7. scandal  |ˈskandl| noun-• [in singular] a state of affairs regarded as wrong or reprehensible and causing general public outrage or anger: it’s a scandal that many older patients are dismissed as untreatable.
  8. benchwarmer |ˈben(t)SHˌwôrmər| noun –North American informal a sports player who does not get selected to play; a substitute.
  9. ultimate |ˈəltəmət| adjective-• being the best or most extreme example of its kind: the ultimate accolade.
  10. elite |əˈlētāˈlēt| noun-1 [treated as singular or plural] a select part of a group that is superior to the rest in terms of ability or qualities: the elite of Britain’s armed forces | [as modifier] : elite colleges and universities | an elite athlete.

Grammar Focus: Structure and Usage


Here are parents who have spent 18 years grooming their kids.


The point is to prepare the kid for the road.


There’s a constant monitoring of  what their kid is doing.


Reading Comprehension: Fill-ins

In a new poll by The New York Times and Morning Consult of a nationally representative group of parents of children ages 18 to 28, three-quarters had made appointments for their adult children, like for doctor visits or haircuts, and the same share had reminded them of deadlines for school.

Sixteen percent of those with children in college had texted or called them to wake them up so they didn’t sleep through a class or test. Eight percent had contacted a college professor or administrator about their child’s grades or a problem they were having.