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The Great Wall of China
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     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.19

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     challenging words:    spears, signal, emperor, longest, longer, tourist, rocks, rumor, chinese, several, steep, earth, between, already, always, during
     content words:    Great Wall, Qin Dynasty, Ming Dynasty, Now China


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The Great Wall of China
By Sharon Fabian
  

1     Visitors to China always want to see the Great Wall. They know how big it is - about 4,000 miles long. They know that it is the longest, biggest, and heaviest thing that people ever built. They have heard a rumor about it, too. The rumor says that it can be seen from the moon. This wall must be something to see!
 
2     Some visitors have already looked at pictures. The pictures show smiling tourists walking on top of the wall. They show tired tourists climbing the steep steps. They show tourists taking pictures.
 
3     Some visitors have read about the wall. They learned that it was first built over 2,000 years ago. They learned about how and why it was built.
 
4     At first there was not just one wall. There were several little walls. This changed during the time known as the Qin Dynasty. The emperor decided to join the little walls into one big one. One big wall would keep enemies out of the whole country.

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