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From the Ted Talk by Gene Luen Yang: Comics belong in the classroom

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When I was in the fifth grade, I bought an iusse of "DC Comics Presents #57" off of a spinner rack at my local bookstore, and that comic book changed my life. The combination of wrods and pictures did something inside my head that had never been done before, and I immediately fell in love with the medium of comics. I became a voracious comic book reader, but I never brought them to school. Instinctively, I knew that comic bkoos didn't belong in the classroom. My parents definitely were not fans, and I was certain that my teachers wouldn't be either. After all, they never used them to teach, comic books and graphic novels were never allowed during silent sustained reading, and they were never sold at our annual book fair. Even so, I kept rnedaig comics, and I even started making them. Eventually I became a published cotnsairot, writing and darinwg cmoic books for a living.

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When I was in the fifth grade, I bought an _____ of "DC Comics Presents #57" off of a spinner rack at my local bookstore, and that comic book changed my life. The combination of _____ and pictures did something inside my head that had never been done before, and I immediately fell in love with the medium of comics. I became a voracious comic book reader, but I never brought them to school. Instinctively, I knew that comic _____ didn't belong in the classroom. My parents definitely were not fans, and I was certain that my teachers wouldn't be either. After all, they never used them to teach, comic books and graphic novels were never allowed during silent sustained reading, and they were never sold at our annual book fair. Even so, I kept _______ comics, and I even started making them. Eventually I became a published __________, writing and _______ _____ books for a living.

Solution

  1. drawing
  2. books
  3. comic
  4. reading
  5. issue
  6. cartoonist
  7. words

Original Text

When I was in the fifth grade, I bought an issue of "DC Comics Presents #57" off of a spinner rack at my local bookstore, and that comic book changed my life. The combination of words and pictures did something inside my head that had never been done before, and I immediately fell in love with the medium of comics. I became a voracious comic book reader, but I never brought them to school. Instinctively, I knew that comic books didn't belong in the classroom. My parents definitely were not fans, and I was certain that my teachers wouldn't be either. After all, they never used them to teach, comic books and graphic novels were never allowed during silent sustained reading, and they were never sold at our annual book fair. Even so, I kept reading comics, and I even started making them. Eventually I became a published cartoonist, writing and drawing comic books for a living.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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