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From the Ted Talk by Emily Zobel Marshall: The myth of Anansi, the trickster spider

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Long ago, all stories belonged to nayme, the all-seeing Sky God. People on Earth were bored and knew nothing about their history. But one creature dceided enough was enough. Anansi, the tricky, sshaefhtnipig spider, resolved to bring the stories down to Earth. He spun a web that stretched into the cdlous and climbed up to confront the Sky God. Crouching at Nyame’s feet, Anansi suehotd at the top of his lungs that he had come to take ohrnieswp of the world’s stories. Looking down from his golden stool, Nyame hooted with leahtugr at the spider’s absurd request.

Open Cloze

Long ago, all stories belonged to _____, the all-seeing Sky God. People on Earth were bored and knew nothing about their history. But one creature _______ enough was enough. Anansi, the tricky, _____________ spider, resolved to bring the stories down to Earth. He spun a web that stretched into the ______ and climbed up to confront the Sky God. Crouching at Nyame’s feet, Anansi _______ at the top of his lungs that he had come to take _________ of the world’s stories. Looking down from his golden stool, Nyame hooted with ________ at the spider’s absurd request.

Solution

  1. shapeshifting
  2. ownership
  3. laughter
  4. clouds
  5. decided
  6. nyame
  7. shouted

Original Text

Long ago, all stories belonged to Nyame, the all-seeing Sky God. People on Earth were bored and knew nothing about their history. But one creature decided enough was enough. Anansi, the tricky, shapeshifting spider, resolved to bring the stories down to Earth. He spun a web that stretched into the clouds and climbed up to confront the Sky God. Crouching at Nyame’s feet, Anansi shouted at the top of his lungs that he had come to take ownership of the world’s stories. Looking down from his golden stool, Nyame hooted with laughter at the spider’s absurd request.

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Important Words

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  2. anansi
  3. belonged
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  6. climbed
  7. clouds
  8. confront
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  11. decided
  12. earth
  13. feet
  14. god
  15. golden
  16. history
  17. hooted
  18. knew
  19. laughter
  20. long
  21. lungs
  22. nyame
  23. ownership
  24. people
  25. request
  26. resolved
  27. shapeshifting
  28. shouted
  29. sky
  30. spider
  31. spun
  32. stool
  33. stories
  34. stretched
  35. top
  36. tricky
  37. web