Answer key: Tammy Duckworth

Lesson Plan: Tammy Duckworth: Military Leader, U.S. Senator, Activist and Mom!

II. While Reading Activities

Word Inference

  1. painstakingly |ˈpānzˌtākiNGlē| adverb-with great care and thoroughness: the property has been painstakingly restored by its current owners.
  2. prosthesis |präsˈTHēsis| noun (plural prostheses |-sēz| )1 an artificial body part, such as a leg, a heart, or a breast implant: his upper jaw was removed and a prosthesis was fitted.
  3. amputee |ˌampyəˈtē| noun-a person who has had a limb amputated.
  4. draft dodger |ˈdraf(t) ˈˌdäjər| noun-North American derogatory a person who has avoided compulsory military service.
  5. eject |ēˈjekt| verb-[no object] (of a pilot) escape from an aircraft by being explosively propelled out of it: he flew to open sea, put the plane in a nosedive, and ejected.
  6. afloat |əˈflōt| adjective & adverb-out of debt or difficulty: [as adverb] : I contrived to stay afloat in honest self-employment.
  7. volunteer |ˌvälənˈtir| noun-a person who works for an organization without being paid.
  8. tenacity |təˈnasədē| noun-• the quality or fact of being very determined; determination: you have to admire the tenacity of these two guys.
  9. immigration |ˌiməˈɡrāSH(ə)n| noun-the action of coming to live permanently in a foreign country: patterns of immigration from the Indian sub-continent to Britain.
  10. pragmatic |praɡˈmadik| adjective-dealing with things sensibly and realistically in a way that is based on practical rather than theoretical considerations: a pragmatic approach to politics.

Source: New Oxford American Dictionary


Reading Comprehension


On November 12, 2004, then-36-year-old Captain Tammy Duckworth was flying a Black Hawk to her base in Iraq, some 50 miles north of Baghdad. The mission had been routine, a grocery run, as she later described it, though nothing about that time or place was routine. Attacks on the base were so common, its residents had nicknamed it ‘Mortaritaville.’


Grammar Focus: Structure and Usage


I was so lucky my parents were married and I had an American passport.


Attacks on the base were common.


A few days after that, she was at Walter Reed Hospital.