Gymnast Simone Biles is Brilliant!

Lesson Plan: 2016 US Gymnast Simone Biles is Brilliant!

II. While Reading Activities

Word Inference

  1. competition  |ˌkämpəˈtiSH(ə)n| noun-the activity or condition of competing: there is fierce competition between banks | at this conservatory, competition for admissions is stiff.
  2. talented |ˈtalən(t)əd| adjective-having a natural aptitude or skill for something: a talented young musician.
  3. consecutive |kənˈsekyədiv| adjective-following continuously: five consecutive months of serious decline.
  4. hysteria |həˈstirēəhəˈsterēə| noun-exaggerated or uncontrollable emotion or excitement, especially among a group of people: the mass hysteria that characterizes the week before Christmas.
  5. tune out  |t(y)o͞on| informal phrase: stop listening or paying attention.
  6. resonate |ˈreznˌāt| verb [ no obj. ] evoke or suggest images, memories, and emotions: the words resonate with so many different meanings.
  7. scramble |ˈskrambəl| struggle or compete with others for something in an eager or uncontrolled and undignified way: firms scrambled to win public-sector contracts.
  8. brush off |ˈbrəSH ˌôf| noun [ in sing. ] informal a rejection or dismissal in which someone is treated as unimportant: she’s been giving her the brush-off.
  9. spike |spīk| informal verb a sharp increase in the magnitude or concentration of something: The new information spiked their interest in the story.
  10. joke |jōk|  verb-make jokes; talk humorously or flippantly: she could laugh and joke with her colleagues.

Source: New Oxford American Dictionary

Reading Comprehension


Her coach, Aimee Boorman, goes a long way in fostering that confidence under pressure. Having coached Biles for more than a decade in the Houston area, Boorman has developed an approach that gets the most out of Biles’ physical gifts by embracing the gymnast’s personality.

 Grammar Focus: Structure and Usage


Championships were held this weekend in Washington.


She  just tries  to have fun.


Biles  has a sense of humility.