Answer Key: The Deaf and Hearing War

Lesson Plan: The Tug of War Within the Deaf Communities

II. While Reading Activities

Word Inference

  1. deaf |def| adjective- lacking the power of hearing or having impaired hearing: I’m a bit deaf | deaf children.
  2. aural |ˈôrəl| adjective relating to the ear or the sense of hearing: aural anatomy | information held in written, aural, or database form.
  3. oral |ˈôrəl| adjective  by word of mouth; spoken rather than written: they had reached an oral  agreement.
  4. stump |stəmp| verb (be stumped) be at a loss; be unable to work out what to do or say: detectives are stumped for a reason for the attack
  5. effectively |əˈfektəvlē| adverb-in such a manner as to achieve a desired result: make sure that resources are used effectively.
  6. alienate |ˈālyəˌnāt| verb [with object]  cause (someone) to feel isolated or estranged: an urban environment that would alienate its inhabitants | (as adjective alienated) : an alienated angst-ridden 22-year-old.
  7. hearing aid |ˈhi(ə)riNG ˌād| noun a small device that fits in or on the ear, worn by a partially deaf person to amplify sound.
  8. succumb |səˈkəm| verb [no object] fail to resist (pressure, temptation, or some other negative force): he has become the latest to succumb to the strain.
  9. chide |CHīd| verb (past chided or archaic chid |CHid|  scold or rebuke: she chided him for not replying to her letters | [with direct speech] : “You mustn’t speak like that,” she chided gently.
  10. resolute |ˈrezəˌl(y)o͞ot|  adjective  admirably purposeful, determined, and unwavering: she was resolute and unswerving.

Source: New Oxford American Dictionary

Grammar Focus: Identifying Prepositions

On the other hand, when I spend time with deaf friends, I’m often chided by them for not being more fluent in sign language, or otherwise embracing a more culturally deaf way of life.According to them, I’ve succumbed to audism by using my voice to speak more often than my hands, and cued speech to absorb information.

Reading Comprehension Fill-ins

In the deaf community, some feel that cued speech, like cochlear implants, threatens deaf culture because they believe it arises from a medical model of deafness, through which deafness is perceived as an undesirable trait that needs to be treated or cured.