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From the Ted Talk by Helen Pearson: Lessons from the longest study on human development

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Here's another one to think about. In this one, secitntsis looked at children who were rnaideg for plreusae. That means that they pecikd up a magazine, a picture book, a story book. The data shwoed that children who were reading for pleasure at the ages of five and 10 were more likely to go on in school better, on average, on school tests later in their lives. And not just tests of reading, but tests of spelling and mhtas as well. This study tried to control for all the confounding focarts, so it looked at children who were equally intelligent and from the same social-class background, so it seemed as if it was the reading which really helped those children go on and score better on those school tests later in their lives.

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Here's another one to think about. In this one, __________ looked at children who were _______ for ________. That means that they ______ up a magazine, a picture book, a story book. The data ______ that children who were reading for pleasure at the ages of five and 10 were more likely to go on in school better, on average, on school tests later in their lives. And not just tests of reading, but tests of spelling and _____ as well. This study tried to control for all the confounding _______, so it looked at children who were equally intelligent and from the same social-class background, so it seemed as if it was the reading which really helped those children go on and score better on those school tests later in their lives.

Solution

  1. factors
  2. reading
  3. pleasure
  4. maths
  5. showed
  6. picked
  7. scientists

Original Text

Here's another one to think about. In this one, scientists looked at children who were reading for pleasure. That means that they picked up a magazine, a picture book, a story book. The data showed that children who were reading for pleasure at the ages of five and 10 were more likely to go on in school better, on average, on school tests later in their lives. And not just tests of reading, but tests of spelling and maths as well. This study tried to control for all the confounding factors, so it looked at children who were equally intelligent and from the same social-class background, so it seemed as if it was the reading which really helped those children go on and score better on those school tests later in their lives.

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