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Student: You mentioned that 1968 wasn’t the most exiting year in your life. Why?

Teacher: Well, nothing was happening in our country. Scared by the Prague Spring, Brezhnev tried to fix it so that nothing would change and everything would remain the same. No fresh currents flowed. Life gradually turned into a swamp and was covered by duckweed. You are too young to remember this time but I am sure you read about it. So, what do you know about 1968?

Student: I read that nothing was happening in our country. Scared by the Prague Spring, Brezhnev tried to fix it so that nothing would change and everything would remain the same. No fresh currents flowed. Life gradually turned into a swamp and was covered by duckweed.

Complication Exercises:

The student reads a basic text and an accompanying list of allusions. with retelling the text inserting allusions where appropriate.

The student is then tasked

Basic text:

"Five years passed. Nothing was happening in our country. Scared by attempts of political liberation in Czechoslovakia in 1968, the political leadership of our country tried to fix it so that nothing would change and everything would remain the same. No fresh currents flowed. Life gradually turned into a swamp and was covered by duckweed."(Guys, shouldn’t you make this a really basic text without the fresh currents and swamp covered by duckweed? Don’t the fresh currents and swamp with duckweed belong to the allusions list?)

Allusions: Prague spring Brezhnev

Embellished Text:

" Five years passed. Nothing was happening in our country. Scared by the Prague Spring, Brezhnev tried to fix it so that nothing would change and everything would remain the same. No fresh currents flowed. Life gradually turned into a swamp and was covered by duckweed."

Interpretation exercises: The student is asked to analyze the meaning and derivation of all the allusions that appear in the extract given below.

"Five years passed. Nothing was happening in our country. Scared by the Prague spring, Brezhnev tried to fix it so that nothing would change and everything would remain the same. No fresh currents flowed. Life gradually turned into a swamp and was covered by duckweed."

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