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From the Ted Talk by Marc Bamuthi Joseph: What soccer can teach us about freedom

Unscramble the Blue Letters

Imagine that you are a 15-year-old kid from Honduras now liinvg in Harlem, or you're a 13-year-old girl born in DC to two Nigerian immigrants. You love the game. You're on the flied with your folks. You've just been practicing dribbling through cenos for, like, 15 minutes, and then, all of a sdedun, a mahcring band comes down the field. I want to associate the joy of the game with the exuberance of culture, to locate the site of joy in the game at the same physical coordinate as being politically iromnfed by art, a grass-laden theater for liberation. We spend a week looking at how the midfielder would explain Black Lives metatr, or how the goalkeeper would explain gun control, or how a defender's style is the pfcreet metaphor for the limits of American exceptionalism. As we study positions on the field, we also name and imagine our own fremoeds.

Open Cloze

Imagine that you are a 15-year-old kid from Honduras now ______ in Harlem, or you're a 13-year-old girl born in DC to two Nigerian immigrants. You love the game. You're on the _____ with your folks. You've just been practicing dribbling through _____ for, like, 15 minutes, and then, all of a ______, a ________ band comes down the field. I want to associate the joy of the game with the exuberance of culture, to locate the site of joy in the game at the same physical coordinate as being politically ________ by art, a grass-laden theater for liberation. We spend a week looking at how the midfielder would explain Black Lives ______, or how the goalkeeper would explain gun control, or how a defender's style is the _______ metaphor for the limits of American exceptionalism. As we study positions on the field, we also name and imagine our own ________.

Solution

  1. living
  2. sudden
  3. informed
  4. freedoms
  5. marching
  6. field
  7. cones
  8. perfect
  9. matter

Original Text

Imagine that you are a 15-year-old kid from Honduras now living in Harlem, or you're a 13-year-old girl born in DC to two Nigerian immigrants. You love the game. You're on the field with your folks. You've just been practicing dribbling through cones for, like, 15 minutes, and then, all of a sudden, a marching band comes down the field. I want to associate the joy of the game with the exuberance of culture, to locate the site of joy in the game at the same physical coordinate as being politically informed by art, a grass-laden theater for liberation. We spend a week looking at how the midfielder would explain Black Lives Matter, or how the goalkeeper would explain gun control, or how a defender's style is the perfect metaphor for the limits of American exceptionalism. As we study positions on the field, we also name and imagine our own freedoms.

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