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Ukraine - Culture (Grades 4-6)



Ukraine - Culture (Grades 4-6)
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.4

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     challenging words:    bylyny, duma, dumas, kistka, kobza, kobzar, pysanka, repeated, ballad, beauty, newborn, newly, unique, professional, writing, boiled
     content words:    This Eastern European, Some Ukrainian, Ukrainian Bandura Chorus, So Ukrainians


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Ukraine - Culture
By Ekaterina Zhdanova-Redman
  

1     So much beauty can be found in Ukraine. This Eastern European country's beauty comes in the form of song, dance, and ancient arts. Ukrainian culture dates back thousands of years. Some Ukrainian art forms practiced hundreds of years ago are still practiced today.
 
2     Ukraine is well known for its folk music. Folk music is a kind of music performed by a country's "regular" people--people who aren't famous or professional musicians. Ukrainian folk music comes from traditions that are hundreds of years old. Long, poetic stories called "bylyny" are a part of Ukrainian folk music. So is "duma"--a kind of long ballad. A ballad is a song that tells a story. Ukrainian dumas were written about the Cossacks. Cossacks are Ukrainian soldiers that have been in Ukraine for hundreds of years.
 
3     In old times, people called "kobzar" performed Ukrainian folk music. They got their name from the instrument they played--the kobza. The kobza was a stringed instrument. In more recent times, an instrument called the bandura replaced the kobza. The bandura, and the people who played them, became very famous. In fact, the bandura became the national symbol of Ukraine. There is even a famous group--the Ukrainian Bandura Chorus--that performs all over the world.

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