Answer key: The U.S. Prison System and Arts

Lesson Plan: Rethinking the  U.S. Prison System Through Art Programs

II. While Reading Activities

Word Inference

  1. remote  |rəˈmōt| -adjective (remoter, remotest)1 (of a place) situated far from the main centers of population; distant: a remote Oregon valley | I’d chosen a spot that looked as remote from any road as possible.
  2. audacious |ôˈdāSHəs| adjective- 1 showing a willingness to take surprisingly bold risks: a series of audacious takeovers.
  3. tour |to͝or| noun 2 a journey made by performers or an athletic team, in which they perform or play in several different places: she joined the Royal Shakespeare Company on tour.
  4. daunting |ˈdôn(t)iNGˈdän(t)iNG| adjective-seeming difficult to deal with in anticipation; intimidating: a daunting task.
  5. improv |ˈimpräv| noun informal  improvisation, especially as a theatrical technique. • something that is improvised, especially a piece of music, drama, etc., created without preparation: free-form jazz improvisations.
  6. surreal |səˈrēəl| adjective having the qualities of surrealism; bizarre: a surreal mix of fact and fantasy.
  7. advocate noun |ˈadvəkət| a person who publicly supports or recommends a particular cause or policy: he was an untiring advocate of economic reform.
  8. imbue  |imˈbyo͞o| verb (imbues, imbuing, imbued) [with object] (often be imbued with)inspire or permeate with a feeling or quality: the entire performance was imbued with sparkle and elan.
  9. rehabilitation |ˌrē(h)əˌbiləˈtāSH(ə)n| noun-the action of restoring someone to health or normal life through training and therapy after imprisonment, addiction, or illness: she underwent rehabilitation and was walking within three weeks.
  10. incarcerate |inˈkärsəˌrāt| verb [with object] imprison or confine: many are incarcerated for property offenses.

Grammar Focus: Word -Recognition

As the Sterling men’s prison bus, lined with wire cages, plugged across the plains on the way to shows, some men got carsick from the unfamiliar speed of the road. They stared at new condos, new highways, new hospitals, new suburbs that had transformed the cityscape of Denver since they had been locked up.

Reading Comprehension

True /False/NA-Statements

  1. F-The cast was strip-searched before boarding the bus to their show.
  2. T-The leading man was shackled so tightly that he performed with abrasions on his wrists.
  3. F-After the show prisoners had to slip out of costume and back into green prison uniforms.
  4. F-The play performed by the prisoners was One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
  5. T-The film version of the play starred Jack Nicholson.
  6. F-It tells the story of men inside a 1960s-era Oregon mental ward.
  7. T-The name of the prison is the Sterling Correctional Facility.
  8. F-The prison is located in Colorado.
  9. T-Wendy Jason is the managing director of the Justice Arts Coalition.
  10. T-California spends $8 million each year on creative-writing workshops.