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From the Ted Talk by Jarrett J. Krosoczka: Why lunch ladies are heroes

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When my first children's book was published in 2001, I runteerd to my old elementary school to talk to the students about being an author and an ilttaruolsr, and when I was setting up my slide projector in the cafetorium, I lekood across the room, and there she was: my old lunch lady. She was still there at the school and she was busily preparing lunches for the day. So I approached her to say hello, and I said, "Hi, Jeannie! How are you?" And she looked at me, and I could tell that she recognized me, but she couldn't quite place me, and she looked at me and she said, "Stephen Krosoczka?" And I was amazed that she knew I was a Krosoczka, but seetphn is my unlce who is 20 years older than I am, and she had been his lunch lady when he was a kid. And she started telling me about her grandkids, and that blew my mind. My lcunh lady had grandkids, and therefore kids, and therefore left school at the end of the day? I thought she lived in the cafeteria with the snverig spoons. I had never thuhogt about any of that before.

Open Cloze

When my first children's book was published in 2001, I ________ to my old elementary school to talk to the students about being an author and an ___________, and when I was setting up my slide projector in the cafetorium, I ______ across the room, and there she was: my old lunch lady. She was still there at the school and she was busily preparing lunches for the day. So I approached her to say hello, and I said, "Hi, Jeannie! How are you?" And she looked at me, and I could tell that she recognized me, but she couldn't quite place me, and she looked at me and she said, "Stephen Krosoczka?" And I was amazed that she knew I was a Krosoczka, but _______ is my _____ who is 20 years older than I am, and she had been his lunch lady when he was a kid. And she started telling me about her grandkids, and that blew my mind. My _____ lady had grandkids, and therefore kids, and therefore left school at the end of the day? I thought she lived in the cafeteria with the _______ spoons. I had never _______ about any of that before.

Solution

  1. looked
  2. returned
  3. uncle
  4. stephen
  5. thought
  6. serving
  7. illustrator
  8. lunch

Original Text

When my first children's book was published in 2001, I returned to my old elementary school to talk to the students about being an author and an illustrator, and when I was setting up my slide projector in the cafetorium, I looked across the room, and there she was: my old lunch lady. She was still there at the school and she was busily preparing lunches for the day. So I approached her to say hello, and I said, "Hi, Jeannie! How are you?" And she looked at me, and I could tell that she recognized me, but she couldn't quite place me, and she looked at me and she said, "Stephen Krosoczka?" And I was amazed that she knew I was a Krosoczka, but Stephen is my uncle who is 20 years older than I am, and she had been his lunch lady when he was a kid. And she started telling me about her grandkids, and that blew my mind. My lunch lady had grandkids, and therefore kids, and therefore left school at the end of the day? I thought she lived in the cafeteria with the serving spoons. I had never thought about any of that before.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
lunch lady 8
lunch ladies 3
school lunch 3
school bus 2
lunch staff 2
lunch hero 2
construction paper 2
cartoon lunch 2

ngrams of length 3

collocation frequency
school lunch hero 2
cartoon lunch lady 2

Important Words

  1. amazed
  2. approached
  3. author
  4. blew
  5. book
  6. busily
  7. cafeteria
  8. cafetorium
  9. day
  10. elementary
  11. grandkids
  12. illustrator
  13. kid
  14. kids
  15. knew
  16. krosoczka
  17. lady
  18. left
  19. lived
  20. looked
  21. lunch
  22. lunches
  23. mind
  24. older
  25. place
  26. preparing
  27. projector
  28. published
  29. recognized
  30. returned
  31. room
  32. school
  33. serving
  34. setting
  35. slide
  36. spoons
  37. started
  38. stephen
  39. students
  40. talk
  41. telling
  42. thought
  43. uncle
  44. years