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The Monster of Lake Champlain



The Monster of Lake Champlain
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 6 to 8
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.39

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     challenging words:    Barnum, chronicle, counterbalance, Tatoskok, unscrupulous, contend, celebrity, best, plesiosaur, steamer, shortly, sightings, description, afterward, mass, decade
     content words:    Sandra Mansi, Lake Champlain, In Port Henry, New York, Lawrence Seaway, Before Champlain, Nathan H., Sheriff Mooney, Even P. T., Greatest Show


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The Monster of Lake Champlain
By Mary Lynn Bushong
  

1     Caption: Photo by Sandra Mansi
 
2     Deep in the murky, almost black water of Lake Champlain, a shadowy form moves. During the day it usually stays out of sight in the deep water, but sometimes it ventures into shallower water. On this summer day in 1977, the form surfaced near the shore where children were playing. It did not attack but stayed visible a short time before submerging again.
 
3     You have probably heard of the Loch Ness monster in Scotland. Have you heard about the creature that many have reported seeing in Lake Champlain? In Port Henry, New York, "Champ" is a local celebrity with his own holiday the first Saturday in August.
 
4     Lake Champlain is a lake that straddles the border between New York and Vermont. The lake is about 125 miles long and more than 400 feet deep in places. A small portion of it crosses the Quebec border where it accesses the ocean through the St. Lawrence Seaway.

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