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From the Ted Talk by Sydney Chaffee: How teachers can help kids find their political voices

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A few years ago, my principal got an anonymous email from one of our students. It informed him that the following day, the snteutds pnlnead to walk out of shcool. This was in the wake of Michael Brown's death in Ferguson, Missouri, and the students were planning to join a woakult and march in support of the Black Lives Matter memvoent. So at this point, the staff at the school had a decision to make. Would we use our authority and our power to try to control the students and prevent them from leaving, or would we support them as they put into practice the principles of social jcutsie that we had tguhat them about since the ninth-grade year?

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A few years ago, my principal got an anonymous email from one of our students. It informed him that the following day, the ________ _______ to walk out of ______. This was in the wake of Michael Brown's death in Ferguson, Missouri, and the students were planning to join a _______ and march in support of the Black Lives Matter ________. So at this point, the staff at the school had a decision to make. Would we use our authority and our power to try to control the students and prevent them from leaving, or would we support them as they put into practice the principles of social _______ that we had ______ them about since the ninth-grade year?

Solution

  1. walkout
  2. school
  3. movement
  4. students
  5. planned
  6. taught
  7. justice

Original Text

A few years ago, my principal got an anonymous email from one of our students. It informed him that the following day, the students planned to walk out of school. This was in the wake of Michael Brown's death in Ferguson, Missouri, and the students were planning to join a walkout and march in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. So at this point, the staff at the school had a decision to make. Would we use our authority and our power to try to control the students and prevent them from leaving, or would we support them as they put into practice the principles of social justice that we had taught them about since the ninth-grade year?

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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Important Words

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