Answer key: Women on Skid Row

Lesson Plan: The Women and Children on Skid Row

II. While Reading Activities

Word Inference

  1. despair |dəˈsper| noun-the complete loss or absence of hope: driven to despair, he throws himself under a train | in despair, I hit the bottle.
  2. crisis |ˈkrīsis| noun (plural crises |-ˌsēz| ) a time of intense difficulty, trouble, or danger: the current economic crisis | a family in crisis | a crisis of semiliteracy among high school graduates.
  3. crime |krīm| noun-an action or omission that constitutes an offense that may be prosecuted by the state and is punishable by law: shoplifting was a serious crime.
  4. condo (short for condominium) |ˌkändəˈminēəm| noun (plural condominiums)  North American a building or complex of buildings containing a number of individually owned apartments or houses.
  5. Social Security |ˌsōSHəl səˈkyo͝orədē| noun-any government system that provides monetary assistance to people with an inadequate or no income.
  6. circumstance |ˈsərkəmˌstansˈsərkəmstəns| noun -usually circumstances) a fact or condition connected with or relevant to an event or action: we wanted to marry but circumstances didn’t permit.
  7. depletes |dəˈplēt| verb (often as adjective depleted) use up the supply or resources of: fish stocks are severely depleted.
  8. affordable  |əˈfôrdəb(ə)l| adjective-inexpensive; reasonably priced: affordable housing.
  9. shelters |ˈSHeltər| nouna place providing food and accommodations for the homeless.
  10. temporary |ˈtempəˌrerē| adjective- lasting for only a limited period of time; not permanent: a temporary job.

Source: New Oxford American Dictionary 

Reading Comprehension

Word -Recognition

Greer and her partner, who is deaf, thought life would be easier for them in Los Angeles. They were dropped off at the Greyhound station just blocks away. They had never heard of Skid Row.After a couple days on the street they were grateful a shelter took them in.


Grammar Focus:

Structure and Usage


We just got here from Louisville like three months ago.


A few feet away a woman is trying to clean up the litter in front of her tent.


Many of the women on the street pull suitcases.