Lesson Plan: 2016 US Gymnast Simone Biles is Brilliant!
II. While Reading Activities
- 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.
- talented |ˈtalən(t)əd| adjective-having a natural aptitude or skill for something: a talented young musician.
- consecutive |kənˈsekyədiv| adjective-following continuously: five consecutive months of serious decline.
- hysteria |həˈstirēəhəˈsterēə| noun-exaggerated or uncontrollable emotion or excitement, especially among a group of people: the mass hysteria that characterizes the week before Christmas.
- tune out |t(y)o͞on| informal phrase: stop listening or paying attention.
- resonate |ˈreznˌāt| verb [ no obj. ] evoke or suggest images, memories, and emotions: the words resonate with so many different meanings.
- scramble |ˈskrambəl| struggle or compete with others for something in an eager or uncontrolled and undignified way: firms scrambled to win public-sector contracts.
- 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.
- spike |spīk| informal verb a sharp increase in the magnitude or concentration of something: The new information spiked their interest in the story.
- joke |jōk| verb-make jokes; talk humorously or flippantly: she could laugh and joke with her colleagues.
Source: New Oxford American Dictionary
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.