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Spain - Culture (Grades 5-7)



Spain - Culture (Grades 5-7)
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 5 to 7
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.86

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     challenging words:    bullfighters, dream-like, flamenco, guitarists, offs, torero, toros, culture, volume, classical, lute, based, lifetime, region, surrealism, plaza
     content words:    Andres Segovia, Sometimes Paco, El Greco, Diego Velázquez, Joan Miró, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí


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Spain - Culture
By Ekaterina Zhdanova-Redman
  

1     Spanish culture has influenced much of the modern world. From its food to its music, hints of Spanish culture can be found in many places on the globe.
 
2     Perhaps one of Spanish culture's greatest contributions to mankind is the guitar. The guitar is a six-stringed instrument developed in a Spanish region called Andalucía in the 1790s. The Spanish guitar was an improvement to the Arab lute, which had 5 strings. The guitar invented in Andalucía didn't look like the guitars most of us see today. The guitar took on its more common shape in the 1870s. The early Spanish guitars were made out of wood, as most guitars are still made today. Spanish guitars are hollow, which gives them extra volume.
 
3     Since the Spanish developed the guitar, it makes sense that the Spanish are very good at playing the guitar. In fact, some of the best guitar players in the world are Spanish. Andres Segovia mastered the art of classical guitar. It is a very difficult style of guitar playing that demands a lifetime of study and practice.

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