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From the Ted Talk "Eric Liu: Why ordinary people need to understand power"

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I'm a teacher and a practitioner of civics in aeicrma. Now, I will ylkdni ask those of you who have just fallen asleep to please wake up. (hgeluatr) Why is it that the very word "civics" has such a ripfsooci, even a eacnlpirotc effect on us? I think it's because the very word signifies something exceedingly virtuous, exceedingly important, and exceedingly boring. Well, I think it's the responsibility of people like us, people who show up for gatherings like this in person or online, in any way we can, to make civics sexy again, as sexy as it was during the American Revolution, as sexy as it was during the Civil Rights Movement. And I believe the way we make civics sexy again is to make explicitly about the teaching of worpe. The way we do that, I believe, is at the level of the icty.

Open Cloze

I'm a teacher and a practitioner of civics in _______. Now, I will ______ ask those of you who have just fallen asleep to please wake up. (________) Why is it that the very word "civics" has such a _________, even a ___________ effect on us? I think it's because the very word signifies something exceedingly virtuous, exceedingly important, and exceedingly boring. Well, I think it's the responsibility of people like us, people who show up for gatherings like this in person or online, in any way we can, to make civics sexy again, as sexy as it was during the American Revolution, as sexy as it was during the Civil Rights Movement. And I believe the way we make civics sexy again is to make explicitly about the teaching of _____. The way we do that, I believe, is at the level of the ____.

Solution

  1. city
  2. kindly
  3. power
  4. narcoleptic
  5. soporific
  6. america
  7. laughter

Original Text

I'm a teacher and a practitioner of civics in America. Now, I will kindly ask those of you who have just fallen asleep to please wake up. (Laughter) Why is it that the very word "civics" has such a soporific, even a narcoleptic effect on us? I think it's because the very word signifies something exceedingly virtuous, exceedingly important, and exceedingly boring. Well, I think it's the responsibility of people like us, people who show up for gatherings like this in person or online, in any way we can, to make civics sexy again, as sexy as it was during the American Revolution, as sexy as it was during the Civil Rights Movement. And I believe the way we make civics sexy again is to make explicitly about the teaching of power. The way we do that, I believe, is at the level of the city.

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power resides 3
civics sexy 3

Important Words

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