Answer key: The New Psychics

Lesson Plan: Psychics Can Tell Your Future and Keep You Healthy

II. While Reading Activities

Word Inference

  1. woo-woo /ˈwo͞oˌwo͞o/ INFORMAL•DEROGATORY- adjective relating to or holding unconventional beliefs regarded as having little or no scientific basis, especially those relating to spirituality, mysticism, or alternative medicine.“quartz crystals that were so popular with the woo-woo crowd”
  2. intuition |ˌint(y)o͞oˈiSH(ə)n| noun the ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning: we shall allow our intuition to guide us.
  3. mediums  |ˈmēdēəm| noun (plural media |-dēə| or mediums) (plural mediums) a person claiming to be in contact with the spirits of the dead and to communicate between the dead and the living.
  4. skeptic |ˈskeptik| (British sceptic) noun 1 a person inclined to question or doubt all accepted opinions.
  5. channeling |ˈCHanl| verb (channels, channeling, channeled) (of a person) serve as a medium for (a spirit).
  6. criticn|ˈkridik| noun 1 a person who expresses an unfavorable opinion of something: critics say many schools are not prepared to handle the influx of foreign students.
  7. reincarnation |ˌrēənkärˈnāSH(ə)n| noun-the rebirth of a soul in a new body.
  8. clairvoyant |ˌklerˈvoiənt| noun a person who claims to have a supernatural ability to perceive events in the future or beyond normal sensory contact.
  9. shaman |ˈSHämənˈSHāmən| noun (plural shamans) a person regarded as having access to, and influence in, the world of good and evil spirits, especially among some peoples of northern Asia and North America.
  10. Séances |ˈsāˌäns| noun-a meeting at which people attempt to make contact with the dead, especially through the agency of a medium.

Source: New Oxford American Dictionary   

Grammar Focus: Structure and Usage


Angels are central characters in biblical stories.


I’m a believer now, Ms. Lamb said.


Communicating with spirits is an accepted practice in Christianity.

Sentence Scramble

  1. She’s from Commack, N.Y.
  2. She makes her living as a psychic medium.
  3. Tickets start at $1000.
  4. Tissue boxes were placed around the room.
  5. Ms. Lamb said she was redoing her house.
  6. Here’s my advice.
  7. John Lennon was one of her spirit guides.
  8. Dead celebrities can also be invoked.