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Vikings on the Move



Vikings on the Move
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 5 to 7
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.88

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     challenging words:    isle, longship, longships, Mercia, seafaring, carving, countryside, expansion, fearsome, seaworthy, various, launched, towers, legend, homeland, invaders
     content words:    Where England, Middle Ages, East Anglia, North Africa, North America, Norman Conquest


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Vikings on the Move
By Sharon Fabian
  

1     Longships were beautiful. Each one was long and sleek with a tall prow at each end, which was topped by a carving of a dragon's head or another figure. Their large square sails had wide stripes of bright colors. Rows of ten or more oars patterned each side. It's easy to see that shipbuilders put care and effort into building a longship.
 
2     Longships were not only beautiful; they were seaworthy and fast. With a prow at each end and a thin shape, they were designed to cut through the water smoothly. If there was no wind to fill the huge sail, rows of oarsmen could keep the ship going.
 
3     Longships were built by the Vikings, also known as Norsemen or Danes. The Vikings were both great shipbuilders and great sailors. Their homeland was in Scandinavia, in the countries now known as Norway, Sweden, and Denmark, located in cold, far northern Europe. The Viking lands were surrounded by the sea, so it is no surprise that they developed a seafaring way of life. Travel by ship was one of the best ways to travel long distances at that time.

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