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"From the Ted Talk by Alan Crickmore: How storytelling helps parents in prison stay connected to their kids"

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But when I got to prison, it soon became apparent that my background was very different to that of most of the prisoners. Few of the men that I met had had a decent education. Indeed, many associated education with hmiuoliatin and failure. I can tell you firsthand that prison is dehumanizing. Prisoners harden up, they shut down, they close in ... just to srvivue. And this can be devastating for families. In fact, maintaining contact with your family from prison can be very dliuicfft indeed. And if a child does get to see their parent in prison, they have to go through the same pat-down srehaecs as the adults. They walk through the same dtoecter frames, they're sniffed by the same sniffer dogs, and all because some crhdieln have been the utwnitnig carriers of drgus and mobile phones. And when they get through to see their parent, they may be terid from a long journey, shy, tongue-tied, even upset. And it isn't easy for the parents, who may not be getting along. For many reasons, not just these, over half of prisoners lose contact with their children and families.

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But when I got to prison, it soon became apparent that my background was very different to that of most of the prisoners. Few of the men that I met had had a decent education. Indeed, many associated education with ___________ and failure. I can tell you firsthand that prison is dehumanizing. Prisoners harden up, they shut down, they close in ... just to _______. And this can be devastating for families. In fact, maintaining contact with your family from prison can be very _________ indeed. And if a child does get to see their parent in prison, they have to go through the same pat-down ________ as the adults. They walk through the same ________ frames, they're sniffed by the same sniffer dogs, and all because some ________ have been the _________ carriers of _____ and mobile phones. And when they get through to see their parent, they may be _____ from a long journey, shy, tongue-tied, even upset. And it isn't easy for the parents, who may not be getting along. For many reasons, not just these, over half of prisoners lose contact with their children and families.

Solution

  1. searches
  2. humiliation
  3. tired
  4. drugs
  5. children
  6. survive
  7. detector
  8. unwitting
  9. difficult

Original Text

But when I got to prison, it soon became apparent that my background was very different to that of most of the prisoners. Few of the men that I met had had a decent education. Indeed, many associated education with humiliation and failure. I can tell you firsthand that prison is dehumanizing. Prisoners harden up, they shut down, they close in ... just to survive. And this can be devastating for families. In fact, maintaining contact with your family from prison can be very difficult indeed. And if a child does get to see their parent in prison, they have to go through the same pat-down searches as the adults. They walk through the same detector frames, they're sniffed by the same sniffer dogs, and all because some children have been the unwitting carriers of drugs and mobile phones. And when they get through to see their parent, they may be tired from a long journey, shy, tongue-tied, even upset. And it isn't easy for the parents, who may not be getting along. For many reasons, not just these, over half of prisoners lose contact with their children and families.

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Important Words

  1. adults
  2. apparent
  3. background
  4. carriers
  5. child
  6. children
  7. close
  8. contact
  9. decent
  10. dehumanizing
  11. detector
  12. devastating
  13. difficult
  14. dogs
  15. drugs
  16. easy
  17. education
  18. fact
  19. failure
  20. families
  21. family
  22. firsthand
  23. frames
  24. harden
  25. humiliation
  26. journey
  27. long
  28. lose
  29. maintaining
  30. men
  31. met
  32. mobile
  33. parent
  34. parents
  35. phones
  36. prison
  37. prisoners
  38. reasons
  39. searches
  40. shut
  41. shy
  42. sniffed
  43. sniffer
  44. survive
  45. tired
  46. unwitting
  47. upset
  48. walk