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From the Ted Talk by Laura Boykin: How we're using DNA tech to help farmers fight crop diseases

Unscramble the Blue Letters

I don't have a story of wanting to be a biologist from a young age. The truth is, I pleayd bbaletkasl in college. And part of my financial aid package was I needed a work-study job. So one random day, I wandered to the nearest building to my dorm room. And it just so happens it was the biology building. I went inside and looked at the job board. Yes, this is pre-the-internet. And I saw a three-by-five card advertising a job to work in the heuriarbm. I quickly took down the number, because it said "flexible hours," and I needed that to work around my basketball slehduce. I ran to the library to fguire out what an herbarium was.

Open Cloze

I don't have a story of wanting to be a biologist from a young age. The truth is, I ______ __________ in college. And part of my financial aid package was I needed a work-study job. So one random day, I wandered to the nearest building to my dorm room. And it just so happens it was the biology building. I went inside and looked at the job board. Yes, this is pre-the-internet. And I saw a three-by-five card advertising a job to work in the _________. I quickly took down the number, because it said "flexible hours," and I needed that to work around my basketball ________. I ran to the library to ______ out what an herbarium was.

Solution

  1. played
  2. basketball
  3. figure
  4. herbarium
  5. schedule

Original Text

I don't have a story of wanting to be a biologist from a young age. The truth is, I played basketball in college. And part of my financial aid package was I needed a work-study job. So one random day, I wandered to the nearest building to my dorm room. And it just so happens it was the biology building. I went inside and looked at the job board. Yes, this is pre-the-internet. And I saw a three-by-five card advertising a job to work in the herbarium. I quickly took down the number, because it said "flexible hours," and I needed that to work around my basketball schedule. I ran to the library to figure out what an herbarium was.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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Important Words

  1. advertising
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  5. biologist
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  32. truth
  33. wandered
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  35. work
  36. young