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Old Glory's Story
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 3 to 4
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.79

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    hardiness, innocence, tread, purity, flown, rattlesnake, vigilance, beginning, naval, perseverance, underneath, when, leaving, government, grand, surrender
     content words:    George Washington, Betsy Ross, Great Seal, United States, Continental Navy, Liberty Tree, Continental Army, Civil War, Tennessee State House


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Old Glory's Story
By Mary Lynn Bushong
  

1     When you see the flag, what do you think? It has many shapes and colors on it. Do you know what they mean?
 
2     The stars on the flag each have five points. In the beginning, some people wanted six-pointed stars.
 
3     It is said that George Washington wanted six-pointed stars. Betsy Ross showed him a five-pointed star. It was easy to make. Washington agreed with her.
 
4     Each star stood for a colony. Now each star stands for a state.
 
5     In Betsy's flag, the stars were in a circle. Do you know why? It was to show that no colony was more important than the others.
 
6     The American flag is sometimes called the Red, White, and Blue. Do you know why those colors were chosen?
 
7     There is a story about George Washington. In it he said that the red is from Britain's red coats. The blue comes from the sky. The white stripes show that the colonies left Britain.
 
8     There was nothing official about why those colors were chosen. The same colors are used in the Great Seal.

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