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From the Ted Talk by Jacqueline Woodson: What reading slowly taught me about writing

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But here is the story within that story: those who left and those who setayd carried with them the history of a narrative, knew deeply that witring it down wasn't the only way they could hold on to it, knew they could sit on their porches or their stoops at the end of a long day and spin a slow tale for their chlderin. They knew they could sing their stories through the thick heat of picnikg cotton and harvesting tcoabco, knew they could preach their stories and sew them into quilts, turn the most painful ones into something laughable, and through that luatgehr, exhale the history a country that tried again and again and again to steal their biodes, their spirit and their story.

Open Cloze

But here is the story within that story: those who left and those who ______ carried with them the history of a narrative, knew deeply that _______ it down wasn't the only way they could hold on to it, knew they could sit on their porches or their stoops at the end of a long day and spin a slow tale for their ________. They knew they could sing their stories through the thick heat of _______ cotton and harvesting _______, knew they could preach their stories and sew them into quilts, turn the most painful ones into something laughable, and through that ________, exhale the history a country that tried again and again and again to steal their ______, their spirit and their story.

Solution

  1. picking
  2. bodies
  3. laughter
  4. children
  5. tobacco
  6. writing
  7. stayed

Original Text

But here is the story within that story: those who left and those who stayed carried with them the history of a narrative, knew deeply that writing it down wasn't the only way they could hold on to it, knew they could sit on their porches or their stoops at the end of a long day and spin a slow tale for their children. They knew they could sing their stories through the thick heat of picking cotton and harvesting tobacco, knew they could preach their stories and sew them into quilts, turn the most painful ones into something laughable, and through that laughter, exhale the history a country that tried again and again and again to steal their bodies, their spirit and their story.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
read slowly 4
finger beneath 2

Important Words

  1. bodies
  2. carried
  3. children
  4. cotton
  5. country
  6. day
  7. deeply
  8. exhale
  9. harvesting
  10. heat
  11. history
  12. hold
  13. knew
  14. laughable
  15. laughter
  16. left
  17. long
  18. narrative
  19. painful
  20. picking
  21. porches
  22. preach
  23. quilts
  24. sew
  25. sing
  26. sit
  27. slow
  28. spin
  29. spirit
  30. stayed
  31. steal
  32. stoops
  33. stories
  34. story
  35. tale
  36. thick
  37. tobacco
  38. turn
  39. writing