Olympic Swimmer Dara Torres waves to the crowd after winning the silver in the 50 meter freestyle in Bejing, China.

SAT Vocabulary Building with WSJ Article

Posted on 9th May 2012 in Tampa SAT Preparation

WSJ columnist Jason Gay is quite a writer. As a fellow who has passed middle age, I like his column entitled “Revenge of the Sports Geezers” in Monday’s WSJ. Here is a SAT vocabulary-building exercise based upon the article.

Olympic Swimmer Dara Torres waves to the crowd after winning the silver in the 50 meter freestyle in Bejing, China

Sports Geezer and Olympic Swimmer Dara Torres waves to the crowd after winning the silver in the 50 meter freestyle in Bejing. Photo by Bryan Allison. CC Attribution Only 2.0. See more of Bryan's photos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/37996647372@N01

Pre-reading Vocabulary

Before you read the article, look up the meanings of any unfamiliar words or phrases from this list:

  • Geezers
  • mortifying
  • unabashedly
  • craggier
  • Scorsese
  • phenom
  • sprightly
  • complimentary and complementary (know the difference)
  • satchel
  • icon
  • teeming with
  • dated myself
  • skeptic
  • lofty

Checking Reading Comprehension

  1. What is the general idea of Jason Gay’s article?
  2. What is the structure of the article?
  3. What point is the writer making in the first three paragraphs?
  4. The next two?
  5. The next seven?
  6. What is his point about the motivation of older athletes made in the next paragraph?
  7. What does he mean by “these athletes have perspective”?

Understanding the writer’s tone

  1. What is the tone of the opening part of the column?
  2. What is the tone of the ending of the piece?

Eric Anderson is a private SAT critical reading and writing tutor who lives in Wesley Chapel, Florida. Contact him at 813.787.8959 or by e-mail at eanderson216  at verizon dot net.

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