II. While Reading Activities
- enthusiasm |inˈTH(y)o͞ozēˌazəmenˈTH(y)o͞ozēˌazəm| noun 1 intense and eager enjoyment, interest, or approval: her energy and enthusiasm for life | few expressed enthusiasm about the current leaders.
- drag |draɡ| noun clothing more conventionally worn by the opposite sex, especially women’s clothes worn by a man: a fashion show, complete with men in drag | [as modifier] : a live drag show.
- impromptu |imˈpräm(p)ˌt(y)o͞o| adjective& adverb done without being planned, organized, or rehearsed: [as adjective] : an impromptu press conference | [as adverb] : he spoke impromptu.
- viral |ˈvīrəl| adjective -relating to or involving an image, video, piece of information, etc., that is circulated rapidly and widely from one Internet user to another: a viral video ad | the video went viral and was seen by millions.
- mentor |ˈmenˌtôrˈmenˌtər| noun an experienced and trusted adviser: he was her friend and mentor until his death in 1915.
- mainstream noun |ˈmānˌstrēm| the ideas, attitudes, or activities that are regarded as normal or conventional; the dominant trend in opinion, fashion, or the arts: companies that are bringing computers to the mainstream of American life.
- pageantry |ˈpajəntrē| noun elaborate display or ceremony.
- cancellation |ˌkansəˈlāSH(ə)n| noun the action of canceling something that has been arranged or planned: train services are subject to cancellation at short notice | the project was threatened with cancellation by the government | the cancellation of the performance.
- thriving |ˈθrʌɪvɪŋ| adjective prosperous and growing; flourishing: the thriving business George has built up.
- niche |niCHnēSH| noun (one’s niche) a comfortable or suitable position in life or employment: he is now a partner at a leading law firm and feels he has found his niche.
Source: New Oxford American Dictionary
Grammar Focus: Structure and Usage
Desmond and his mother would still make it to DragCon.
Other moms are soccer moms.
III-1-This is the first generation that was truly raised on Drag Race.
Who Said That? Identify The Speakers
- Desmond Napoles, a 12-year-old drag star who performs as Desmond is Amazing : “I’m always fierce, fabulous and not playing video games…I’m being AH-MA-zing.”
- Ms. Napoles, Desmond’s mom: “Other moms are soccer moms,”…They take their kids to practice, to games, they cheer for their kids. That’s how I see myself with drag.”
- Megan, mom of Keegan, a.k.a. Kween Keekee, a 9-year-old drag queen : “Our goal has never been to make K famous… We allow Instagram to be a public account as we don’t feel we need to be pressured to hide our child, and because we think his story could help other kids.”
- Robin Johnson, a photographer, who founded Dragutante, an 18-and-under runway show in Denver: “This is the first generation that was truly raised on ‘Drag Race.”
- Elizabeth Johnston, a vlogger who daily tackles the left on abortion, feminism, & gender insanity: “…sees kids in drag not as ‘the future of America,’ as RuPaul has said of Desmond, but socially accepted child abuse.”
- Nina West, a queen who appeared on Drag Race and who has often performed for kids: “Drag is the larger than life representation of a character.”
- Laura Edwards-Leeper, a clinical psychologist in Oregon who works with queer and trans kids: “It’s normal at basically any age for boys to dress up as princesses and girls in male superhero outfits.”