Ancient China
The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China
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     challenging words:    demise, harass, imminent, alliance, on-going, dynasty, sheer, suicide, historical, measurement, agenda, warlord, origin, literally, achievement, military
     content words:    Great Wall, United Nations Educational, Cultural Organization, World Heritage List, Square Wall, Square Walls, Ying Zheng, Shih Huangdi, First Emperor, Meng Tian

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The Great Wall of China
By Vickie Chao

1     The Great Wall of China is like a long winding dragon. It stretches more than 4,000 miles from east to west. For thousands of years, this fortification helped block the advances of northern nomadic tribes. The sheer size of the entire construction is so vast that it is one of the largest building projects ever carried out in human history! Recognizing its architectural achievement and historical significance, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) added the Great Wall of China to its World Heritage List in 1987.
2     Contrary to what many people may think, the Great Wall of China was not a one-time effort. It was, in fact, an on-going one with its origin dating back to the 7th century B.C.
3     China was not a unified country back then. There were many warlords, each with a claim to a part of China. Among those warlords, one from the state of Chu began to use packed earth to build a wall around his territory. He called it the "Square Wall." When warlords from other states saw how effective the Square Wall was for defense, they began to follow suit. For the next several hundred years, there were many Square Walls in China.

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