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Pocahontas and John Smith
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 6 to 8
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   7.72

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     challenging words:    suspect, original, settlement, encyclopedia, initiation, chief, unknown, link, evidence, knowledge, accurate, explorer, traveled, peace, likely, certain
     content words:    John Smith, Maybe John Smith, King James, Algonquian Indian, North America, Englishman John Rolfe


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Pocahontas and John Smith
By Sharon Fabian
  

1     You know what happens when you play Gossip. Each time another person tells the story, it changes a little. After many people have repeated the story, sometimes it is nothing like the original. The same thing happens with history. At one time history was passed on by word of mouth. Now it is usually passed on in written form. Either way, it is likely to change a little each time it is told. That's why there is more than a little "story" in "history."
 
2     The story of John Smith and Pocahontas is a good example. Maybe you've seen the Disney movie or read about the explorer John Smith and the Indian princess Pocahontas, who saved Smith and the other colonists at Jamestown. Maybe you've noticed that each time the story is a little different. Maybe you've wondered which facts are true.
 
3     When facts appear in several different sources, such as articles written by different people, it's a clue that they might be true. You can also look to see where the facts come from. For example, if the article is in an encyclopedia, you might suspect that it is true. Although, even encyclopedias don't always get every fact right. If the article is by an unknown source, such as some websites, you might suspect that it may not be correct. You might want to verify their facts by checking a few other places.

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