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"From the Ted Talk by Mia Birdsong: The story we tell about poverty isn't true"

Unscramble the Blue Letters

... because that story allows those of us who make it to believe we deserve it, and by implication, those who don't make it don't deserve it. We tell ourselves, in the back of our minds, and sometimes in the front of our motuhs, "There must be something a little wrong with those poor poelpe." We have a wide range of beliefs about what that something wrong is. Some people tell the story that poor folks are lazy freeloaders who would caeht and lie to get out of an honest day's work. Others prefer the srtoy that poor people are helpless and probably had neglectful parents that didn't read to them enough, and if they were just told what to do and shown the right path, they could make it.

Open Cloze

... because that story allows those of us who make it to believe we deserve it, and by implication, those who don't make it don't deserve it. We tell ourselves, in the back of our minds, and sometimes in the front of our ______, "There must be something a little wrong with those poor ______." We have a wide range of beliefs about what that something wrong is. Some people tell the story that poor folks are lazy freeloaders who would _____ and lie to get out of an honest day's work. Others prefer the _____ that poor people are helpless and probably had neglectful parents that didn't read to them enough, and if they were just told what to do and shown the right path, they could make it.

Solution

  1. cheat
  2. story
  3. mouths
  4. people

Original Text

... because that story allows those of us who make it to believe we deserve it, and by implication, those who don't make it don't deserve it. We tell ourselves, in the back of our minds, and sometimes in the front of our mouths, "There must be something a little wrong with those poor people." We have a wide range of beliefs about what that something wrong is. Some people tell the story that poor folks are lazy freeloaders who would cheat and lie to get out of an honest day's work. Others prefer the story that poor people are helpless and probably had neglectful parents that didn't read to them enough, and if they were just told what to do and shown the right path, they could make it.

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collocation frequency
jobana sintia 5
poor people 4
hard work 3
extra money 3

Important Words

  1. beliefs
  2. cheat
  3. deserve
  4. folks
  5. freeloaders
  6. front
  7. helpless
  8. honest
  9. implication
  10. lazy
  11. lie
  12. minds
  13. mouths
  14. neglectful
  15. parents
  16. path
  17. people
  18. poor
  19. prefer
  20. range
  21. read
  22. shown
  23. story
  24. told
  25. wide
  26. work
  27. wrong