II. While Reading Activities
- puberty |ˈpyo͞obərdē| noun-the period during which adolescents reach sexual maturity and become capable of reproduction.
- transgender |transˈjendərtranzˈjendər| adjective- denoting or relating to a person whose sense of personal identity does not correspond with the gender assigned to them at birth. Compare cisgender: a transgender activist and author.
- adjust |əˈjəst| verb adapt or become used to a new situation: she must be allowed to grieve and to adjust in her own way | his eyes had adjusted to semidarkness.
- depressed |dəˈprest| adjective-(of a person) in a state of general unhappiness or despondency.
- accepted |əkˈseptəd| verb [ with obj. ]tolerate or submit to (something unpleasant or undesired): they accepted the need to cut expenses.
- adjustment |əˈjəstmənt| noun-the process of adapting or becoming used to a new situation: for many couples there may need to be a period of adjustment.
- testosterone |teˈstästəˌrōn| noun-a steroid hormone that stimulates development of male secondary sexual characteristics, produced mainly in the testes, but also in the ovaries and adrenal cortex.
- usher|ˈəSHər| verb-(usher something in) cause or mark the start of something new: the railroads ushered in an era of cheap mass travel.
- transitioned |tranˈziSH(ə)ntranˈsiSH(ə)n| verb–adopt permanently the outward or physical characteristics of the gender one identifies with, as opposed to those of the gender one was assigned at birth: once the decision was finally made to transition, she was overwhelmed with the support from her family.
- content |kənˈtent| adjective-in a state of peaceful happiness: he seemed more content, less bitter.
Reading Comprehension: Word -Recognition
More dramatically, his parents had to adjust to seeing their family in a new light. “They thought they had a little girl, and now they have two sons. So I’m sure that they were going through emotions,” Stahl tells Overtime. “But Schuyler was never made to feel that they were against this, that they were unhappy about it. They just supported him. And it was wonderful.”