Grades 2-3 Social Studies Wendy's World Series
Constitution Day
Making a Constitution

Making a Constitution
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     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.29

     challenging words:    going, cranky, general, government, settle, country, charge, heat, state, since, during, late, idea, either, strong, through
     content words:    General George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, James Madison, General Washington, Roger Sherman, United States

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Making a Constitution
By Jane Runyon

1     "Jeremy," shouted Thomas, "what's going on?"
2     "They're fighting again," called Jeremy from across the street.
3     "What about this time?" Thomas asked.
4     "Who knows," Jeremy yelled back.
5     It was hot that summer of 1787. The bugs were awful. There was something big going on in Philadelphia. Many great men were meeting there that summer.
6     Thomas had heard his father talking about the meeting. General George Washington was there. Four big, strong men carried a chair to the meeting. Sitting in the chair was Benjamin Franklin. James Madison went to every meeting. Thomas's father said they were writing a constitution.
7     Thomas asked his father about it. His father explained this way. "We are a brand new country. Our citizens fought England for our freedom. Now we must make a set of rules to live by. Everyone needs rules. These men want to make that set of rules."
8     "Why do they yell at each other so much?" asked Thomas.
9     "They all think they know what is best for the country," answered father. "They all want to do what is right."

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