Answer Key: Straight A Students

Lesson Plan: The Dangers of Pursuing Perfect Grades

Word Inference

  1. cycling |ˈsīk(ə)liNG|   verb [no object] 2 move in or follow a regularly repeated sequence of events: economies cycle regularly between boom and slump.
  2. plagiarism |ˈplājəˌrizəm| noun-the practice of taking someone else’s work or ideas and passing them off as one’s own.
  3. dismay  |disˈmā| noun-consternation and distress, typically that caused by something unexpected: to his dismay, she left him.
  4. sacrifice |ˈsakrəˌfīs|  verb [with object] • give up (something important or valued) for the sake of other considerations: working hard doesn’t mean sacrificing your social life.
  5. cult |kəlt| noun a person or thing that is popular or fashionable, especially among a particular section of society: a cult film.
  6. elite |əˈlētāˈlēt| noun a select part of a group that is superior to the rest in terms of ability or qualities: elite colleges and universities | an elite athlete.
  7. assess |əˈses| verb [with object] evaluate or estimate the nature, ability, or quality of: the committee must assess the relative importance of the issues | [with clause] : it is difficult to assess whether this is a new trend.
  8. tolerate |ˈtäləˌrāt| verb [with object] accept or endure (someone or something unpleasant or disliked) with forbearance: how was it that she could tolerate such noise?
  9. recruiter |rəˈkro͞odər| noun a person whose job is to enlist or enroll people as employees, in the armed forces, or as members of an organization: a recruiter will schedule you for an interview | military recruiters.
  10. underachieve |ˌəndərəˈCHēv| verb [no object] do less well than is expected, especially in schoolwork.

Source: New Oxford American Dictionary

Grammar Focus: English Pronouns

A student came to the office and he began crying.

I just got my first A-minus,” he said.

I watched in dismay.

Grades are a reflection of my brainpower and I had the right stuff.

Many Students say all they want are top marks and a ticket to elite graduate schools.

As teachers we need to make it easier for students to take some intellectual risks.


Reading Comprehension: Fill-ins

Looking back, I don’t wish my grades had been higher. If I could do it over again, I’d study less. The hours I wasted memorizing the inner workings of the eye would have been better spent trying out improv comedy and having more conversations about the meaning of life.