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Stanley and Livingstone



Stanley and Livingstone
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 6 to 7
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.59

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     challenging words:    livingston, navigable, activist, best, tenement, initiative, investigate, presume, lifetime, religion, saying, education, interior, route, lasted, trade
     content words:    Henry M., David Livingstone, Shuttle Row, London Missionary Society, Zambezi River, Victoria Falls, New York Herald, Henry Stanley, Doctor Livingstone, Only Stanley


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Stanley and Livingstone
By Sharon Fabian
  

1     There is a saying that everyone gets to be famous for fifteen minutes in his or her lifetime. Henry M. Stanley had his fifteen minutes of fame when he found Dr. Livingstone.
 
2     David Livingstone grew up in Glasgow, Scotland. His home was in a tenement building called Shuttle Row where many workers from a cotton mill lived. Just like other children of his time, David worked in the mill. A bell attached to the side of his building rang to call everyone to work at 6:00 a.m. every day. After a long day working in the mill, the children went to school at night.
 
3     For some of the children this was too much work, and they were so tired that they couldn't enjoy school, but David liked school. He went on to study both medicine and religion. David Livingstone became a certified doctor and an ordained minister.
 
4     His dream was to be a medical missionary, and after completing his education he was sent to Africa by the London Missionary Society. Once in Africa, Dr. Livingstone continued to educate himself and to take the initiative when things needed to be done. Soon after arriving there, he went to live in a remote village so that he could learn the language faster. He then set off on short journeys of exploration to find the best site to locate his mission.
 
5     Later on, Dr. Livingston took many trips to explore the area in connection with his work. Since he was one of the first Europeans to explore the interior of the continent of Africa and to record information about it, he became famous as a geographer of Africa.

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