II. While Reading Activities
- rite of passage a ceremony or event marking an important stage in someone’s life, especially birth, puberty, marriage, and death: a novel that depicts the state of adolescence and the rites of passage that lead to adulthood.
- Down syndrome |ˈdoun ˌsindrōm| (also Down’s syndrome) noun a congenital disorder arising from a chromosome defect, causing intellectual impairment and physical abnormalities including short stature and a broad facial profile. It arises from a defect involving chromosome 21, usually an extra copy (trisomy-21).
- chromosome |ˈkrōməˌsōm| noun Biology a threadlike structure of nucleic acids and protein found in the nucleus of most living cells, carrying genetic information in the form of genes.
- excursion |ikˈskərZHən| noun 1 a short journey or trip, especially one engaged in as a leisure activity: an excursion to Mount Etna |
- pneumonia |n(y)o͞oˈmōnyə| noun lung inflammation caused by bacterial or viral infection, in which the air sacs fill with pus and may become solid. Inflammation may affect both lungs (double pneumonia), one lung (single pneumonia), or only certain lobes (lobar pneumonia).
- suppress |səˈpres| verb [with object] prevent or inhibit (a process or reaction): use of the drug suppressed the immune response.
- immune system noun the organs and processes of the body that provide resistance to infection and toxins. Organs include the thymus, bone marrow, and lymph nodes.
- gauge |ɡāj| verb [with object]• form a judgment or estimate of (a situation, mood, etc.): she is unable to gauge his mood.
- fragile |ˈfrajəlˈfraˌjīl| adjective • (of a person) not strong or sturdy; delicate and vulnerable.
- grapple |ˈɡrapəl| verb • (grapple with) struggle with or work hard to deal with or overcome (a difficulty or challenge): other towns are still grappling with the problem.
Source: New Oxford American Dictionary
Grammar Focus: Structure and Usage
I – 3 – tested
This winter she tested positive for the flu.
II – 1 – Going
Going to the salon for monthly manicures is fun.
III – 1 –bring
We have to bring the world to her.
Identify The Speakers
- Barbara Saunders, D.O., a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Council on Children with Disabilities. “Weighing when, and how, to re-enter the community without putting your child at risk is so much harder.”
- Lisa Kinderman, a psychologist in Seymour, Ill. with a 6 year-old daughter with cerebral palsy. “What’s just a mild cold for a typical kid lands Lija in the I.C.U.”
- Brian Skotko, M.D., director of the Down Syndrome Program at Massachusetts General Hospital. “Unfortunately, there’s no way to gauge a child’s risk of Covid-19, especially as we’re still learning so much about this disease in kids.”
- William Schaffner, M.D., a professor in the division of infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. “That doesn’t mean you should neglect routine medical care, especially with underlying medical diseases that need to be monitored. In addition, “the usual childhood diseases are still around.”
- Leah Booth, a speech-language pathologist at the Yale Child Study Center who works with kids with developmental disabilities. “Masks can be particularly challenging, because many kids with intellectual disabilities have sensory processing issues that make it hard for them to tolerate a mask on their face.”
- Robert McGregor, M.D., chief medical officer at Akron’s Children’s Hospital. “You don’t want to make this all about the child with the more complex medical needs, because you don’t want to ramp up anxiety, or even resentment.”