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Lost Treasures



Lost Treasures
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 2 to 4
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   5.39

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     challenging words:    cuneiform, looters, treaty, tank, artist, seals, writing, caption, charge, during, bank, seal, wheel, also, idea, person
     content words:    National Museum, Nicholas Roerich


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Lost Treasures
By Colleen Messina
  

1     Caption: An American tank guards the National Museum of Iraq in 2003
 
2     A Russian artist named Nicholas Roerich had a good idea. He wanted countries to agree to protect museums during war. He wanted to protect culture. Many people agreed with him and signed his treaty in 1935. It is too bad that people haven't always followed this plan. For example, a museum in Iraq lost many treasures during the war.
 
3     On April 10, 2003, robbers invaded the museum. American troops couldn't protect the museum. Fortunately, the staff had moved some items. They put some objects in the basement. They put other items in a bank vault. Still, looters found the artifacts. They stole thousands of them.

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1.  Describe a day in your life as a prince or princess in ancient Mesopotamia. What were your royal duties? What did you do for fun?

2.  Imagine that you found Aladdin's lamp. You have a choice about what to do. You can receive one wish and then set the genie free, or you can have three wishes and let the genie stay in captivity. What would you choose to do, and why? What wish or wishes would you make?



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