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From the Ted Talk by Larry Irvin: A program to empower Black teachers in the US

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I had a chance to teach a summer pgorram a few years back in my howtmeon of New Orleans. I had a group of 32 young men, age rgniang from nine to 14, all Black boys. I wanted to set a tone the first day of class. I want to compare and contrast the mindsets of the contemporary young folk in casnrtot to my constituents and how we grew up and how we aspired. So I asked them the old cliché question: What do you want to be when you grow up? Here were the rpsseeons. Twenty nine said Kevin Durant. Three said LeBron James. Now, I had two thoughts. First was I was flabbergasted because, obviously, these yonug boys don't know basketball. Because LeBron is the man, if you ask me. But my second thought was, the nitavrrae still hasn't changed. The scope of possibility is still very ltieimd. Sports, streets, entertainment. We don't see ourselves really outside of those arenas. Something has to change.

Open Cloze

I had a chance to teach a summer _______ a few years back in my ________ of New Orleans. I had a group of 32 young men, age _______ from nine to 14, all Black boys. I wanted to set a tone the first day of class. I want to compare and contrast the mindsets of the contemporary young folk in ________ to my constituents and how we grew up and how we aspired. So I asked them the old cliché question: What do you want to be when you grow up? Here were the _________. Twenty nine said Kevin Durant. Three said LeBron James. Now, I had two thoughts. First was I was flabbergasted because, obviously, these _____ boys don't know basketball. Because LeBron is the man, if you ask me. But my second thought was, the _________ still hasn't changed. The scope of possibility is still very _______. Sports, streets, entertainment. We don't see ourselves really outside of those arenas. Something has to change.

Solution

  1. responses
  2. contrast
  3. young
  4. hometown
  5. ranging
  6. limited
  7. narrative
  8. program

Original Text

I had a chance to teach a summer program a few years back in my hometown of New Orleans. I had a group of 32 young men, age ranging from nine to 14, all Black boys. I wanted to set a tone the first day of class. I want to compare and contrast the mindsets of the contemporary young folk in contrast to my constituents and how we grew up and how we aspired. So I asked them the old cliché question: What do you want to be when you grow up? Here were the responses. Twenty nine said Kevin Durant. Three said LeBron James. Now, I had two thoughts. First was I was flabbergasted because, obviously, these young boys don't know basketball. Because LeBron is the man, if you ask me. But my second thought was, the narrative still hasn't changed. The scope of possibility is still very limited. Sports, streets, entertainment. We don't see ourselves really outside of those arenas. Something has to change.

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