Answer Key: The First Day of Class After Lockdown

Lesson Plan:  Students Have First Day Jitters as Schools Reopen

II. While Reading Activities

Word Inference

  1. excited |ikˈsīdəd| adjective very enthusiastic and eager: they were excited about the prospect | the excited children.
  2. enthusiasm |inˈTH(y)o͞ozēˌazəmenˈTH(y)o͞ozēˌazəm| noun  intense and eager enjoyment, interest, or approval: her energy and enthusiasm for life | few expressed enthusiasm about the current leaders.
  3. quarantine |ˈkwôrənˌtēn| noun a state, period, or place of isolation in which people or animals that have arrived from elsewhere or been exposed to infectious or contagious disease are placed: many animals die in quarantine.
  4. Bolster |ˈbōlstər| verb [with object] support or strengthen; he wished to bolster up his theories with hard data.
  5. remote  |rəˈmōt| adjective (remoter, remotest) Computing denoting a device that can only be accessed by means of a network. Compare with local.
  6. purgatory |ˈpərɡəˌtôrē|  adjective archaic • mental anguish or suffering: this was purgatory, worse than anything she’d faced in her life.
  7. confident  |ˈkänfədənt| adjective self-assured: she was a confident, outgoing girl | a confident smile. feeling or showing certainty about something: this time they’re confident of a happy ending
  8. deprived  |dəˈprīvd| adjective suffering a severe and damaging lack of basic material and cultural benefits: the charity cares for destitute and deprived children.
  9. cerebral palsy |ˌserəbrəl ˈpôlzē| noun  a condition marked by impaired muscle coordination (spastic paralysis) and/or other disabilities, typically caused by damage to the brain before or at birth.
  10. dampen  |ˈdampən| verb [with object] make less strong or intense: nothing could dampen her enthusiasm.

Source: New Oxford American Dictionary

 Grammar Focus: Structure and Usage

I -2- enjoys

He especially enjoys his art classes.

II 2 – were

The lower grades were the first to go back.

III – 2 – those

Many of those New York students spent a few weeks in classrooms last fall.


Reading Comprehension: Identify The  Speakers

  1. Jzayla Sussmann, 18, a student at a charter high school in New Orleans: “It was like a whole new beginning…I was so nervous, I didn’t sleep the night before.”
  2. Laura Santiago, a special education resource teacher at another Chicago school: “I know so many people have been worried about these little ones wearing masks all day, but they have been fantastic.”
  3. Lindsey Post Robinson, a marketing operations manager and Maisie’s mom: “Being deprived of social interaction has been difficult for an outgoing child like Maisie.”
  4. Nathan Beaser, 9 South Loop Elementary School: “I was a little scared because I didn’t want to get the virus… But I feel a lot better because of all the safety precautions.”
  5. Zoe Bell, 16, Ben Franklin High School: “It’s sort of surreal…You’ll realize you’re in class with only a few people, and everyone is wearing masks.”