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From the Ted Talk by Joe Sabia: The technology of storytelling

Unscramble the Blue Letters

Once upon a time in 19th cnteury gaenrmy, there was the book. Now during this time, the book was the king of storytelling. It was venerable. It was uiquibutos. But it was a little bit bniorg. Because in its 400 years of existence, storytellers never evolved the book as a storytelling decvie. But then one author arrived, and he changed the game forever. (Music) His name was Lothar, Lothar Meggendorfer. lhoatr Meggendorfer put his foot down, and he said, "Genug ist genug!" He grabbed his pen, he snatched his scissors. This man refused to fold to the ceotinnnvos of ncloamry and just decided to fold. History would know Lothar Meggendorfer as — who else? — the world's first true inventor of the children's pop-up book. (msiuc) For this delight and for this wonder, people rejoiced. (Cheering) They were happy because the story survived, and that the world would keep on spinning.

Open Cloze

Once upon a time in 19th _______ _______, there was the book. Now during this time, the book was the king of storytelling. It was venerable. It was __________. But it was a little bit ______. Because in its 400 years of existence, storytellers never evolved the book as a storytelling ______. But then one author arrived, and he changed the game forever. (Music) His name was Lothar, Lothar Meggendorfer. ______ Meggendorfer put his foot down, and he said, "Genug ist genug!" He grabbed his pen, he snatched his scissors. This man refused to fold to the ___________ of ________ and just decided to fold. History would know Lothar Meggendorfer as — who else? — the world's first true inventor of the children's pop-up book. (_____) For this delight and for this wonder, people rejoiced. (Cheering) They were happy because the story survived, and that the world would keep on spinning.

Solution

  1. conventions
  2. lothar
  3. germany
  4. music
  5. century
  6. device
  7. normalcy
  8. ubiquitous
  9. boring

Original Text

Once upon a time in 19th century Germany, there was the book. Now during this time, the book was the king of storytelling. It was venerable. It was ubiquitous. But it was a little bit boring. Because in its 400 years of existence, storytellers never evolved the book as a storytelling device. But then one author arrived, and he changed the game forever. (Music) His name was Lothar, Lothar Meggendorfer. Lothar Meggendorfer put his foot down, and he said, "Genug ist genug!" He grabbed his pen, he snatched his scissors. This man refused to fold to the conventions of normalcy and just decided to fold. History would know Lothar Meggendorfer as — who else? — the world's first true inventor of the children's pop-up book. (Music) For this delight and for this wonder, people rejoiced. (Cheering) They were happy because the story survived, and that the world would keep on spinning.

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