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"From the Ted Talk by Sisonke Msimang: If a story moves you, act on it"

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So it was a hard lesson that he didn't like me, but you know what, he was right. I was a middle-class kid living in a poor country. I had a bike, and he barley had food. Sometimes, it's the messages that we don't want to hear, the ones that make us want to cawrl out of ourselves, that we need to hear the most. For every lovable storyteller who satels your heart, there are hundreds more whose vioecs are surerld and ragged, who don't get to stand up on a stage dressed in fine clothes like this. There are a million angry-boy-on-a-bike stories and we can't afford to ignore them simply because we don't like their protagonists or because that's not the kid that we would bring home with us from the orphanage.

Open Cloze

So it was a hard lesson that he didn't like me, but you know what, he was right. I was a middle-class kid living in a poor country. I had a bike, and he ______ had food. Sometimes, it's the messages that we don't want to hear, the ones that make us want to _____ out of ourselves, that we need to hear the most. For every lovable storyteller who ______ your heart, there are hundreds more whose ______ are _______ and ragged, who don't get to stand up on a stage dressed in fine clothes like this. There are a million angry-boy-on-a-bike stories and we can't afford to ignore them simply because we don't like their protagonists or because that's not the kid that we would bring home with us from the orphanage.

Solution

  1. crawl
  2. steals
  3. barely
  4. voices
  5. slurred

Original Text

So it was a hard lesson that he didn't like me, but you know what, he was right. I was a middle-class kid living in a poor country. I had a bike, and he barely had food. Sometimes, it's the messages that we don't want to hear, the ones that make us want to crawl out of ourselves, that we need to hear the most. For every lovable storyteller who steals your heart, there are hundreds more whose voices are slurred and ragged, who don't get to stand up on a stage dressed in fine clothes like this. There are a million angry-boy-on-a-bike stories and we can't afford to ignore them simply because we don't like their protagonists or because that's not the kid that we would bring home with us from the orphanage.

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Important Words

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  20. lovable
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  29. stage
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  33. storyteller
  34. voices