II. While Reading Activities
- submission |səbˈmiSHən| noun-a proposal, application, or other document presented in this way.
- protest |ˈprōˌtest| noun-a statement or action expressing disapproval of or objection to something: the Hungarian team lodged an official protest | two senior scientists resigned in protest.
- finalist |ˈfīn(ə)ləst| noun-a competitor or team in the final or finals of a competition.
- prototype|ˈprōdəˌtīp| noun-a first, typical or preliminary model of something, especially a machine, from which other forms are developed or copied: the firm is testing a prototype of the weapon | the prototype of all careerists is Judas.
- Estimate |ˈestəˌmāt| noun-an approximate calculation or judgment of the value, number, quantity, or extent of something: at a rough estimate, our staff is recycling a quarter of the paper used.
- glimpse |ɡlim(p)s| noun-a momentary or partial view: she caught a glimpse of the ocean | a glimpse into the world of the wealthy.
- rendering |ˈrend(ə)riNG| noun-a work of visual art, especially a detailed architectural drawing: a consummately lifelike three-dimensional rendering of a building interior.
- mesh |meSH| noun-material made of a network of wire or thread: mesh for fishing nets | finer wire meshes are used for smaller particles.
- virtually |ˈvərCH(o͞o)əlē|-adverb [ as submodifier ] nearly; almost: virtually all those arrested were accused | the college became virtually bankrupt.
- ditty |ˈdidē| noun (pl. ditties) a short simple song: a lovely little music-hall ditty.
Reading Comprehension: Fill-ins
The border wall should be “a piece of art,” Russ Baumgartner, CEO of Concrete Contractors Interstate of San Diego, tells the AP. The wire service says the company’s proposal calls for stones and artifacts set in polished concrete, reflecting the areas the wall wends through and rendering both sides “aesthetically pleasing” — unlike the CBP’s callout, which asks only that the U.S. side be pleasant to look at.
Grammar Focus: Word Recognition
J. Meridian — an artist who says the actual border wall is “preposterous for so many reasons,” according to the Wall Street Journal — also proposes a wall of hammocks and a wall of refugees’ gravestones for passersby to “consider the danger, terror, and horror they must have faced in trying to cross.”