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Charles Lindbergh
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 7 to 8
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   7.23

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     challenging words:    largest-ever, tickertape, technological, record-breaking, heading, dealt, tragedy, reality, accomplishment, nonstop, instant, victory, communication, technology, historic, destination
     content words:    Charles Lindbergh, Atlantic Ocean, Ortiz Prize, New York City, North America, Nova Scotia, From Ireland, New York, Congressional Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross


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Charles Lindbergh
By Sharon Fabian
  

1     Charles Lindbergh's story is all about technology. It demonstrates the good effects and the bad effects of technological advances. The airplane was new technology at the time. Lindbergh's knowledge of airplane technology allowed him to make his record-breaking flight. Communications technology was also advancing at the time. The radio allowed people all over the world to listen for up-to-date news on Lindbergh's historic flight. Newspapers were also taking advantage of technology to get news faster, and to get it out to more and more people.
 
2     Charles Lindbergh wanted to fly. When he decided to do something about it and to make his dream become a reality, he signed up for flight school. In flight school in Lincoln, Nebraska, Lindbergh learned to pilot a plane. He learned a lot about how a plane works too, because, in those days, a pilot had to depend on himself to keep his plane flying. After completing his training, Lindbergh worked as a mechanic, a wing walker, and a parachute jumper.
 
3     Then he heard about a contest to see who would be the first to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. The prize, called the Ortiz Prize, would be $25,000 dollars. Other pilots besides Lindbergh wanted to win the prize too.
 
4     First, Lindbergh supervised the building of a plane designed just for a long flight across the ocean. It wasn't the largest, fanciest, or most expensive plane in the contest, but it was built just the way Lindbergh thought it should be built.

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