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From the Ted Talk "Alvin Irby: How to inspire every child to be a lifelong reader"

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OK DeSean, right? Reading? Completely different story. "Mr. Irby, I can't read. I'm never going to learn to read," he would say. I taught DeSean to read, but there are countless black ysob who remain trapped in illiteracy. According to the US Department of Education, more than 85 percent of black aeml fourth graders are not proficient in reading. 85 percent! The more challenges to reading children face, the more uyluallctr competent ercodtaus need to be. lnomgoniithg as a stand-up comedian for the past eight years, I understand the importance of cultural competency, which I inedef as the ability to translate what you want someone else to know or be able to do into communication or experiences that they find relevant and engaging. Before going on agset, I assess an audience. Are they white, are they Latino? Are they old, young, professional, conservative? Then I curate and iomfdy my jokes based on what I think would rangeete the most laughter. While performing in a rhccuh, I could tell bar jokes. But that might not result in laughter.

Open Cloze

OK DeSean, right? Reading? Completely different story. "Mr. Irby, I can't read. I'm never going to learn to read," he would say. I taught DeSean to read, but there are countless black ____ who remain trapped in illiteracy. According to the US Department of Education, more than 85 percent of black ____ fourth graders are not proficient in reading. 85 percent! The more challenges to reading children face, the more __________ competent _________ need to be. ____________ as a stand-up comedian for the past eight years, I understand the importance of cultural competency, which I ______ as the ability to translate what you want someone else to know or be able to do into communication or experiences that they find relevant and engaging. Before going on _____, I assess an audience. Are they white, are they Latino? Are they old, young, professional, conservative? Then I curate and ______ my jokes based on what I think would ________ the most laughter. While performing in a ______, I could tell bar jokes. But that might not result in laughter.

Solution

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  5. culturally
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  10. define

Original Text

OK DeSean, right? Reading? Completely different story. "Mr. Irby, I can't read. I'm never going to learn to read," he would say. I taught DeSean to read, but there are countless black boys who remain trapped in illiteracy. According to the US Department of Education, more than 85 percent of black male fourth graders are not proficient in reading. 85 percent! The more challenges to reading children face, the more culturally competent educators need to be. Moonlighting as a stand-up comedian for the past eight years, I understand the importance of cultural competency, which I define as the ability to translate what you want someone else to know or be able to do into communication or experiences that they find relevant and engaging. Before going on stage, I assess an audience. Are they white, are they Latino? Are they old, young, professional, conservative? Then I curate and modify my jokes based on what I think would generate the most laughter. While performing in a church, I could tell bar jokes. But that might not result in laughter.

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