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Wordle and Other Puzzle Crazes

People have enjoyed solving different kinds of puzzles for centuries. Wordle, a popular online puzzle, requires players to figure out the word of the day within six tries. Puzzles like Wordle are fun, and they can sharpen people’s language and critical thinking skills. In this story, the author of a book about puzzles discusses historical puzzle crazes and why he believes puzzles can benefit society. Listen to hear about puzzles that have been popular throughout history and why some people have called puzzle crazes dangerous.


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Story Length: 4:09

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Listening Comprehension Questions

  • What was one of Malala Yousafzai’s first experiences with the dangers of religious extremism?
  • After miraculously surviving her attack, what has Malala focused her work on?
  • What is the message that Malala is trying to send to those in power?
  • What does Malala want to do in the future?
  • What are the goals of Malala’s mission to support girls?

Discussion Themes

  • What is your opinion on Malala’s message about the power of education?
  • Why do you think that ISIS might want to silence people like Malala?

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