Answer key: Voting and the Coronavirus

Lesson Plan: The Importance of Voting during the Coronavirus

II. While Reading Activities

Word Inference

  1. pandemic |panˈdemik| adjective  (of a disease) prevalent over a whole country or the world.
  2. outcome |ˈoutˌkəm| noun  the way a thing turns out; a consequence: it is the outcome of the vote that counts.
  3. preoccupy |prēˈäkyəˌpī| verb (preoccupies, preoccupying, preoccupied) [with object] (of a matter or subject) dominate or engross the mind of (someone) to the exclusion of other thoughts: his mother was preoccupied with paying the bills | (as adjective preoccupied) : she seemed a bit preoccupied.
  4. persist |pərˈsist| verb [no object] continue firmly or obstinately in an opinion or a course of action in spite of difficulty, opposition, or failure: the minority of drivers who persist in drinking | we are persisting with policies that will create jobs for the future.
  5. unprecedented  |ˌənˈpresədən(t)əd| adjective- never done or known before: the government took the unprecedented step of releasing confidential correspondence.
  6. postponed  |pōˈspōnpōstˈpōn| verb [with object] cause or arrange for (something) to take place at a time later than that first scheduled: the visit had to be postponed for some time | [with present participle] : the judge postponed sentencing a former government spokesman for fraud.
  7. call |kôl| noun a decision, judgement, or prediction: personally, I’m all in favor, but it’s your call | that entrepreneurial instinct may account for his ability to make tough calls when profits are at stake | the two old foes are so evenly matched that it’s anyone’s call.
  8. inauguration |iˌnôɡ(y)əˈrāSH(ə)n|  noun  the beginning or introduction of a system, policy, or period: the inauguration of an independent prosecution service. • the formal admission of someone to office: Truman’s second presidential inauguration.
  9. option |ˈäpSH(ə)n| noun 1 a thing that is or may be chosen: choose the cheapest options for supplying energy.[in singular] the freedom, power, or right to choose something: she was given the option of resigning or being dismissed | he has no option but to pay up.
  10. evidence |ˈevədəns| noun the available body of facts or information indicating whether a belief or proposition is true or valid: the study finds little evidence of overt discrimination.

Source: New Oxford American Dictionary 

Grammar Focus: Structure and Usage


It is almost certain that the 2020 election won’t look like any we’ve seen before.

II – 1-have

Several states have already postponed their primaries.

III – 3-made

Online registration must be made available now.

Reading Comprehension Fill-ins

For the oldest continuously operating democracy in the world, the United States has a poor track record of prioritizing the smooth operation of elections…For all Americans, no matter their politics, the most important thing to remember is that this election is not going to look like what they are used to, and to be patient if final results aren’t in on election night.