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From the Ted Talk by Shabana Basij-Rasikh: Dare to educate Afghan girls

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A morning that I will never fegort. A real school. You see, I was six when the Taliban took over Afghanistan and made it illegal for girls to go to school. So for the next five years, I dsrseed as a boy to escort my older sister, who was no longer aelwlod to be outside alone, to a secret sohocl. It was the only way we both could be educated. Each day, we took a different route so that no one would suspect where we were going. We would cover our bokos in grocery bags so it would seem we were just out shopping. The school was in a house, more than 100 of us packed in one small liinvg room. It was cozy in winter but extremely hot in summer. We all knew we were risking our lives — the teaehcr, the students and our ptraens. From time to time, the school would sdleudny be canceled for a week because Taliban were suspicious. We always wondered what they knew about us. Were we being followed? Do they know where we live? We were scared, but still, school was where we wanted to be.

Open Cloze

A morning that I will never ______. A real school. You see, I was six when the Taliban took over Afghanistan and made it illegal for girls to go to school. So for the next five years, I _______ as a boy to escort my older sister, who was no longer _______ to be outside alone, to a secret ______. It was the only way we both could be educated. Each day, we took a different route so that no one would suspect where we were going. We would cover our _____ in grocery bags so it would seem we were just out shopping. The school was in a house, more than 100 of us packed in one small ______ room. It was cozy in winter but extremely hot in summer. We all knew we were risking our lives — the _______, the students and our _______. From time to time, the school would ________ be canceled for a week because Taliban were suspicious. We always wondered what they knew about us. Were we being followed? Do they know where we live? We were scared, but still, school was where we wanted to be.

Solution

  1. school
  2. teacher
  3. allowed
  4. living
  5. forget
  6. parents
  7. suddenly
  8. books
  9. dressed

Original Text

A morning that I will never forget. A real school. You see, I was six when the Taliban took over Afghanistan and made it illegal for girls to go to school. So for the next five years, I dressed as a boy to escort my older sister, who was no longer allowed to be outside alone, to a secret school. It was the only way we both could be educated. Each day, we took a different route so that no one would suspect where we were going. We would cover our books in grocery bags so it would seem we were just out shopping. The school was in a house, more than 100 of us packed in one small living room. It was cozy in winter but extremely hot in summer. We all knew we were risking our lives — the teacher, the students and our parents. From time to time, the school would suddenly be canceled for a week because Taliban were suspicious. We always wondered what they knew about us. Were we being followed? Do they know where we live? We were scared, but still, school was where we wanted to be.

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