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From the Ted Talk by Karim Abouelnaga: A summer school kids actually want to attend

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When you grow up poor, you want to be rich. I was no different. I'm the second-oldest of seven, and was raised by a single mother on government aid in Queens, New York. By virtue of growing up low-income, my snbiigls and I went to some of New York City's most slrtgnguig puilbc schools. I had over 60 aencbess when I was in seventh grade, because I didn't feel like going to class. My high scohol had a 55 percent graduation rate, and even worse, only 20 percent of the kids graduating were college-ready.

Open Cloze

When you grow up poor, you want to be rich. I was no different. I'm the second-oldest of seven, and was raised by a single mother on government aid in Queens, New York. By virtue of growing up low-income, my ________ and I went to some of New York City's most __________ ______ schools. I had over 60 ________ when I was in seventh grade, because I didn't feel like going to class. My high ______ had a 55 percent graduation rate, and even worse, only 20 percent of the kids graduating were college-ready.

Solution

  1. siblings
  2. absences
  3. school
  4. public
  5. struggling

Original Text

When you grow up poor, you want to be rich. I was no different. I'm the second-oldest of seven, and was raised by a single mother on government aid in Queens, New York. By virtue of growing up low-income, my siblings and I went to some of New York City's most struggling public schools. I had over 60 absences when I was in seventh grade, because I didn't feel like going to class. My high school had a 55 percent graduation rate, and even worse, only 20 percent of the kids graduating were college-ready.

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Important Words

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  17. queens
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  23. seventh
  24. siblings
  25. single
  26. struggling
  27. virtue
  28. worse
  29. york