Answer Key Was 2016 Really the Worst Year?

Lesson Plan: Was 2016 Really the Worst Year for The U.S.?

While Reading Activities: Word Inference

  1. sarcasm  |ˈsärˌkazəm| noun-the use of irony to mock or convey contempt: his voice, hardened by sarcasm, could not hide his resentment.
  2. media  |ˈmēdēə| noun- (usu. the media) [ treated as sing. or pl. ] the main means of mass communication (broadcasting, publishing, and the Internet), regarded collectively: their demands were publicized by the media | [ as modifier ] : the campaign won media attention.
  3. flip  |flip| adjective-glib; flippant: he couldn’t get away with flip, funny conversation.
  4. ironic  |īˈränik| adjective using or characterized by irony: his mouth curved into an ironic smile. • happening in the opposite way to what is expected, and typically causing wry amusement because of this: [ with clause ] : it was ironic that now that everybody had plenty of money for food, they couldn’t obtain it because everything was rationed.
  5. numbing |ˈnəmiNG| adjective (numbingly |ˈnəmiNGlē| adverb) depriving one of feeling or responsiveness: the numbing effect of alcohol | a numbing defeat.
  6. discontent |ˌdiskənˈtent| noun-lack of contentment; dissatisfaction with one’s circumstances: popular discontent with the system had been general for several years | the discontents and anxieties of the working class.
  7. online  änˈlīn| Computing adjective- connected to the Internet or World Wide Web: the ease and convenience of online shopping.
  8. constant  |ˈkänstənt| adjective-occurring continuously over a period of time: the pain is constant.
  9. engaged  |inˈɡājdenˈɡājd| adjective- [ predic. ] busy; occupied: I told him I was otherwise engaged.
  10. headline |ˈhedˌlīn| noun-a heading at the top of an article or page in a newspaper or magazine: a front-page headline.

Source: New Oxford American Dictionary

Reading Comprehension: Word -Recognition

Now it’s all irony, or sarcasm, or bombast. Saying 2016 is the worst online might just be us accepting that social media caught up with the lesser angels of our nature. Social media isn’t nice anymore. At it’s best, it’s just a little flip. Now our feeds are just a record of discontent, or the performance thereof.

Grammar: Identifying Articles

Some of the 2016 is awful rhetoric might be about the way we all consumed the headlines this year.

A lot of the shift to digital is presenting a news experience that is more mixed in with other kinds of activities.

That constant bumping into news and online discord can over time becomes an assault.