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Dragons
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 5 to 7
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   5.42

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     challenging words:    antagonist, blood-shot, chivalrous, dragon-slayer, pitting, razor-sharp, victorious, telltale, somewhat, versus, mounted, fire-breathing, flown, plight, armed, sword
     content words:    Medieval Europe, Middle Ages, Saint George


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Dragons
By Sharon Fabian
  

1     If this dragon slithered out of his marsh and into your village, you would have to look straight up to see its eyes. That's how huge it is. But, don't ever step up that close to a dragon, because just the beam from one of its blood-shot eyes can be deadly.
 
2     Dragons not only have eyes with deadly rays; they possess many terrifying features. Dragons exhale breath that is so putrid it is deadly poisonous. They have powerful claws and razor-sharp scales. Dragons are equipped with long tails that they swing like clubs with lethal results. Dragons even drip a foul poison through their skin. Any contact with a dragon will most likely bring deadly consequences.
 
3     That's what people of Medieval Europe understood. Dragons, which had been around since the beginning of time, were blamed for many unfortunate happenings. For instance, if a crop failed, it could be because a small, gray dragon had flown over in the night, dripping its poison. If a knight rode out and was never heard from again, his disappearance might be the result of an ambush by a slimy green, fire-breathing dragon.

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