Answer key: Teaching Online During Covid-19

Lesson Plan: A Teacher Taught Online This Year and It Was Bad

I. While Reading Activities

Word Inference

  1. charter  |ˈCHärdər| noun • a written constitution or description of an organization’s functions.
  2. inequity |inˈekwədē| noun (plural inequities) lack of fairness or justice: policies aimed at redressing racial inequity | inequities in school financing.
  3. stow |stō| verb [with object] pack or store (an object) carefully and neatly in a particular place: the bathhouse offers baskets in which to stow your clothes | she stowed the map away in the glove compartment.
  4. diverse |dəˈvərsdīˈvərs| adjective showing a great deal of variety; very different: a culturally diverse population | subjects as diverse as architecture, language teaching, and the physical sciences.
  5. grapple |ˈɡrapəl| verb • (grapple with) struggle with or work hard to deal with or overcome (a difficulty or challenge): other towns are still grappling with the problem.
  6. segregate verb |ˈseɡrəˌɡāt| [with object] (usually be segregated) • separate or divide (people, activities, or institutions) along racial, sexual, or religious lines: blacks were segregated in churches, schools, and colleges | (as adjective segregated) : segregated education systems.
  7. resources  |ˈrēˌsôrsrəˈsôrs|  noun 1 (usually resources) a stock or supply of money, materials, staff, and other assets that can be drawn on by a person or organization in order to function effectively: local authorities complained that they lacked resources.
  8. siblings |ˈsibliNG| noun each of two or more children or offspring having one or both parents in common; a brother or sister.
  9. flounder |ˈfloundər| verb [no object] • struggle mentally; show or feel great confusion: she floundered, not knowing quite what to say.
  10. virtual |ˈvərCH(o͞o)əl| adjective • Computing not physically existing as such but made by software to appear to do so: a virtual computer. See also virtual reality.  

Source: New Oxford American Dictionary

Grammar Focus: Structure and Usage

I – 2 –6-year-old

My 6-year-old attends classes.

II – 1 – Some

Some middle-class parents could work remotely from home.

III – 1 – hours

Some kids got a couple of hours a day of Zoom school.

Reading Comprehension Fill-ins

I don’t know the first thing about public health. I won’t venture an opinion on what impact the school closures had on controlling the spread of Covid.

What I do know is that the private schools in our city quickly got to work upgrading HVAC systems, putting up tents, cutting class sizes and rearranging schedules so that they could reopen in relative safety. Public schools in other states and countries did the same.