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Pocahontas (Grades 2-3)



Pocahontas (Grades 2-3)
Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 2 to 3
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.15

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    exactly, playful, tribe, video, watch, nickname, excited, spirit, village, favorite, charge, died, movie, between, life, part
     content words:    Sleeping Beauty, Lion King, Native Americans, Native American, John Smith, John Rolfe


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Pocahontas
By Jennifer Kenny
  

1     Ashley loved to watch Disney videos. She loved Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Lion King, and Alice in Wonderland. Her favorite of all time, though, was Pocahontas! She watched that video over and over.
 
2     Ashley was so excited because her teacher had seen the video many times, too. This week in school, her teacher promised something special. They were going to learn about Native Americans. This would help her learn about the real-life Pocahontas. Pocahontas was part of a Native American tribe. Even though the movie showed real-life people, the real village, and the real spirit of the Native Americans, the movie made Pocahontas look older than she really was and the people didn't look exactly as they did in the video.
 
3     Pocahontas was born in 1595. Her real name was Matoaka, but she never used that name outside her tribe because the Native Americans thought that would bring bad luck. Her nickname, which she used, was Pocahontas, and that meant playful. Her father was called Powhatan. He was in charge of 25 tribes in the land that we call Virginia.

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