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From the Ted Talk by Malika Whitley: How the arts help homeless youth heal and build

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But when I had nothing else, I had the arts, something that didn't demand material wealth from me in exchange for refuge. A few horus of siinngg, writing poetry or saving up enough money to disappear into another world at a play kept me going and jolting me back to life when I felt at my lowest. I would go to cuhrch services on Wednesday ennivges and, desperate for the relief the arts gave me, I would go a few hours early, slip downstairs and into a part of the wrlod where the only thing that mattered was whether or not I could hit the right note in the song I was pefnrticeg that week. I would sing for hours. It gave me so much strength to give myself permission to just block it all out and sing.

Open Cloze

But when I had nothing else, I had the arts, something that didn't demand material wealth from me in exchange for refuge. A few _____ of _______, writing poetry or saving up enough money to disappear into another world at a play kept me going and jolting me back to life when I felt at my lowest. I would go to ______ services on Wednesday ________ and, desperate for the relief the arts gave me, I would go a few hours early, slip downstairs and into a part of the _____ where the only thing that mattered was whether or not I could hit the right note in the song I was __________ that week. I would sing for hours. It gave me so much strength to give myself permission to just block it all out and sing.

Solution

  1. perfecting
  2. church
  3. hours
  4. evenings
  5. singing
  6. world

Original Text

But when I had nothing else, I had the arts, something that didn't demand material wealth from me in exchange for refuge. A few hours of singing, writing poetry or saving up enough money to disappear into another world at a play kept me going and jolting me back to life when I felt at my lowest. I would go to church services on Wednesday evenings and, desperate for the relief the arts gave me, I would go a few hours early, slip downstairs and into a part of the world where the only thing that mattered was whether or not I could hit the right note in the song I was perfecting that week. I would sing for hours. It gave me so much strength to give myself permission to just block it all out and sing.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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Important Words

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