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From the Ted Talk by Alvin Irby: How to inspire every child to be a lifelong reader

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My high school was over 70 percent black and Latino, but this advanced English class had white stnetuds everywhere. This personal encounter with institutionalized racism alreted my rioilnahetsp with reading forever. I learned that I couldn't depend on a sohcol, a teacher or curriculum to teach me what I needed to know. And more out of like, rbelloein, than being intellectual, I decided I would no longer allow other people to dictate when and what I read. And without realizing it, I had stumbled upon a key to helping children read. Identity.

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My high school was over 70 percent black and Latino, but this advanced English class had white ________ everywhere. This personal encounter with institutionalized racism _______ my ____________ with reading forever. I learned that I couldn't depend on a ______, a teacher or curriculum to teach me what I needed to know. And more out of like, _________, than being intellectual, I decided I would no longer allow other people to dictate when and what I read. And without realizing it, I had stumbled upon a key to helping children read. Identity.

Solution

  1. altered
  2. school
  3. students
  4. rebellion
  5. relationship

Original Text

My high school was over 70 percent black and Latino, but this advanced English class had white students everywhere. This personal encounter with institutionalized racism altered my relationship with reading forever. I learned that I couldn't depend on a school, a teacher or curriculum to teach me what I needed to know. And more out of like, rebellion, than being intellectual, I decided I would no longer allow other people to dictate when and what I read. And without realizing it, I had stumbled upon a key to helping children read. Identity.

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