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Declaration of Independence
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   high interest, readability grades 5 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4.87

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     challenging words:    writing, preamble, natural, equal, beginning, government, during, longer, country, trade, fight, control, part, important, cases, writer
     content words:    Thomas Jefferson, Continental Congress, On July, John Hancock, In New York, African Americans, United States


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Declaration of Independence
By Cathy Pearl
  

1     Almost everyone has heard of the Declaration of Independence. It is a very important piece of paper. Many people go to see it every year. Thomas Jefferson wrote most of it. He was a very quiet man. His friends knew he was a great writer. They knew his writing was clear. He would be able to tell England how the colonists felt.
 
2     He finished it in late June of 1776. It was read to the Continental Congress. They changed it very little. On July 4, 1776, it was accepted. Most people don't know that only two people signed it on July 4th. Almost everyone else signed it on August 2nd. The last person didn't sign it until almost five years later.
 
3     The first person to sign the Declaration of Independence was John Hancock. He wrote his name very large. He wanted to be sure the King of England would be sure to see it.

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