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"From the Ted Talk by Courtney E. Martin: The new American Dream"

Unscramble the Blue Letters

Is "better off" finding a secure job that you can count on for the rest of your life? Those are nearly extinct. People move jobs, on average, every 4.7 years, and it's etmteiasd that by 2020, nearly half of Americans will be freelancers. OK, so is better off just a number? Is it about earning as much as you possibly can? By that singular measurement, we are fiilnag. Median per capita icmnoe has been flat since about 2000, adjusted for inflation. All right, so is better off getting a big house with a white picket fncee? Less of us are doing that. Nearly five million people lost their hmoes in the Great Recession, and even more of us sobered up about the lgntehs we were willing to go — or be tricked into going, in many pderoraty cases — to hold that deed. Home-ownership rates are at their lowest since 1995.

Open Cloze

Is "better off" finding a secure job that you can count on for the rest of your life? Those are nearly extinct. People move jobs, on average, every 4.7 years, and it's _________ that by 2020, nearly half of Americans will be freelancers. OK, so is better off just a number? Is it about earning as much as you possibly can? By that singular measurement, we are _______. Median per capita ______ has been flat since about 2000, adjusted for inflation. All right, so is better off getting a big house with a white picket _____? Less of us are doing that. Nearly five million people lost their _____ in the Great Recession, and even more of us sobered up about the _______ we were willing to go — or be tricked into going, in many _________ cases — to hold that deed. Home-ownership rates are at their lowest since 1995.

Solution

  1. homes
  2. lengths
  3. fence
  4. predatory
  5. failing
  6. estimated
  7. income

Original Text

Is "better off" finding a secure job that you can count on for the rest of your life? Those are nearly extinct. People move jobs, on average, every 4.7 years, and it's estimated that by 2020, nearly half of Americans will be freelancers. OK, so is better off just a number? Is it about earning as much as you possibly can? By that singular measurement, we are failing. Median per capita income has been flat since about 2000, adjusted for inflation. All right, so is better off getting a big house with a white picket fence? Less of us are doing that. Nearly five million people lost their homes in the Great Recession, and even more of us sobered up about the lengths we were willing to go — or be tricked into going, in many predatory cases — to hold that deed. Home-ownership rates are at their lowest since 1995.

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Important Words

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