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The Great Depression



The Great Depression
Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 2 to 3
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   1.87

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    britain, trekkers, lasted, camps, stayed, lived, buggy, hitch, jobs, goods, lumber, government, sticks, during, money, country
     content words:    Great Depression, British Columbia, Prime Minister Bennett, Mackenzie King, National Bank, World War Two


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The Great Depression
By Mary Lynn Bushong
  

1     Do you get hungry? What do you do? Do you make yourself a sandwich? Maybe you get some chips or carrot sticks?
 
2     There was a time when few people had money. Jobs were hard to find. There was little money for food.
 
3     Many people were unhappy. What could they do?
 
4     Some had family who lived on farms. They moved back to the country. There they could grow food.
 
5     Some people could not do this. They lived in the West. There was very little rain. Crops would not grow.
 
6     The farmers had no wheat. They could not make bread. They left their farms. They went to the cities to look for work. There was no work in the cities, either.
 
7     This time was called the Great Depression. It hurt all the people in Canada. Some were hurt more than others.
 
8     Some people thought it would be short. It was not. It lasted for ten long years.
 
9     The government tried to help. It gave money to many families to keep them from starving.

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