Answer Key: Women Who Changed Our Lives

Lesson Plan:  Meet The Wonderful Women Who Changed Our Lives!

II. While Reading Activities: Word Inference

  1. primatology –|ˌprīməˈtäləjē| noun-the branch of zoology that deals with primates.
  2. advocate |ˈadvəkət|  noun-a person who publicly supports or recommends a particular cause or policy: he was an untiring advocate of economic reform.
  3. lynch |lin(t)SH| verb [with object] (of a mob) kill (someone), especially by hanging, for an alleged offense with or without a legal trial.
  4. environmental |inˌvīrənˈmen(t)l| adjective-relating to the natural world and the impact of human activity on its condition: acid rain may have caused major environmental damage.
  5. rapacious  rəˈpāSHəs| adjective-aggressively greedy or grasping: rapacious landlords.
  6. instigator |ˈinstiˌɡādər| noun-a person who brings about or initiates something: he was not the instigator of the incident | any instigators of violence will be punished.
  7. legacy |ˈleɡəsē| noun (plural legacies) a thing handed down by a predecessor: the legacy of centuries of neglect.
  8. perception |pərˈsepSH(ə)n|  noun  a way of regarding, understanding, or interpreting something; a mental impression: Hollywood’s perception of the tastes of the American public | we need to challenge many popular perceptions of old age.
  9. Underground Railroad  |ˈˌəndərˈˌɡround ˈrālˌrōd| a secret network for helping slaves escape from the South to the North and to Canada in the years before the Civil War.
  10. Supreme Court  səˈprim| noun-(in full US Supreme Court) the highest federal court in the US, consisting of nine justices and taking judicial precedence over all other courts in the nation.

Source: New Oxford American Dictionary 

Reading Comprehension: Fill-ins

Marie Curie

(1867 – 1934)

Curie’s (and husband Pierre’s) research into radioactivity was more than groundbreaking — it was world-changing. Her theory of radioactivity forms the basis for much of the science we have today, including nuclear power and weapons, medical research, and even pieces of your smoke detector. Curie also gave a role model to every little girl who dreams of being a scientist — she was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, shared with her husband for physics in 1903.


Grammar Focus: Structure and Usage

I-3 -organizations

Friedan helped found two of the biggest organizations for women’s rights.


She evaded capture for months.


She was arrested multiple times while fighting for women’s right to vote.