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From the Ted Talk by Valarie Kaur: 3 lessons of revolutionary love in a time of rage

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My first encounter with hate was in the schoolyard. I was a little girl growing up in California, where my family has lived and frmaed for a century. When I was told that I would go to hell because I was not Christian, called a "black dog" because I was not white, I ran to my grandfather's arms. Papa Ji deird my tears — gave me the words of Guru nnaak, the founder of the Sikh faith. "I see no stranger," said Nanak. "I see no enemy." My grandfather taught me that I could choose to see all the faces I meet and wonder about them. And if I wonder about them, then I will listen to their soerits even when it's hard. I will refuse to hate them even when they hate me. I will even vow to prteoct them when they are in harm's way. That's what it means to be a Sikh: S-i-k-h. To walk the path of a warrior sanit. He told me the story of the first Sikh woman wroairr, Mai Bhago. The story goes there were 40 soldiers who abandoned their post during a gerat battle against an empire. They rtunreed to a village, and this village woman turned to them and said, "You will not anoabdn the fight. You will rertun to the fire, and I will lead you." She moetnud a horse. She donned a turban. And with sword in her hand and fire in her eyes, she led them where no one else would. She became the one she was wainitg for. "Don't abandon your posts, my dear." My grandfather saw me as a warrior. I was a little girl in two long braids, but I promised.

Open Cloze

My first encounter with hate was in the schoolyard. I was a little girl growing up in California, where my family has lived and ______ for a century. When I was told that I would go to hell because I was not Christian, called a "black dog" because I was not white, I ran to my grandfather's arms. Papa Ji _____ my tears — gave me the words of Guru _____, the founder of the Sikh faith. "I see no stranger," said Nanak. "I see no enemy." My grandfather taught me that I could choose to see all the faces I meet and wonder about them. And if I wonder about them, then I will listen to their _______ even when it's hard. I will refuse to hate them even when they hate me. I will even vow to _______ them when they are in harm's way. That's what it means to be a Sikh: S-i-k-h. To walk the path of a warrior _____. He told me the story of the first Sikh woman _______, Mai Bhago. The story goes there were 40 soldiers who abandoned their post during a _____ battle against an empire. They ________ to a village, and this village woman turned to them and said, "You will not _______ the fight. You will ______ to the fire, and I will lead you." She _______ a horse. She donned a turban. And with sword in her hand and fire in her eyes, she led them where no one else would. She became the one she was _______ for. "Don't abandon your posts, my dear." My grandfather saw me as a warrior. I was a little girl in two long braids, but I promised.

Solution

  1. return
  2. stories
  3. great
  4. abandon
  5. protect
  6. farmed
  7. mounted
  8. saint
  9. returned
  10. nanak
  11. dried
  12. warrior
  13. waiting

Original Text

My first encounter with hate was in the schoolyard. I was a little girl growing up in California, where my family has lived and farmed for a century. When I was told that I would go to hell because I was not Christian, called a "black dog" because I was not white, I ran to my grandfather's arms. Papa Ji dried my tears — gave me the words of Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikh faith. "I see no stranger," said Nanak. "I see no enemy." My grandfather taught me that I could choose to see all the faces I meet and wonder about them. And if I wonder about them, then I will listen to their stories even when it's hard. I will refuse to hate them even when they hate me. I will even vow to protect them when they are in harm's way. That's what it means to be a Sikh: S-i-k-h. To walk the path of a warrior saint. He told me the story of the first Sikh woman warrior, Mai Bhago. The story goes there were 40 soldiers who abandoned their post during a great battle against an empire. They returned to a village, and this village woman turned to them and said, "You will not abandon the fight. You will return to the fire, and I will lead you." She mounted a horse. She donned a turban. And with sword in her hand and fire in her eyes, she led them where no one else would. She became the one she was waiting for. "Don't abandon your posts, my dear." My grandfather saw me as a warrior. I was a little girl in two long braids, but I promised.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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balbir singh 2
singh sodhi 2
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waheguru ji ka 2
waheguru ji ki 2
ji ki fateh 2
balbir singh sodhi 2

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waheguru ji ki fateh 2

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