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Germany - Culture (Johann Gutenberg)



Germany - Culture (Johann Gutenberg)
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 5 to 7
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.47

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     challenging words:    goldsmith, reusable, uninformed, guild, movable, carving, reused, lifetime, punctuation, fame, press, equipment, history, keyboard, early, usable
     content words:    Johann Gutenberg, In Europe, In China, Dark Ages, Christian Bible


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Germany - Culture (Johann Gutenberg)
By Ekaterina Zhdanova-Redman
  

1     Take a good look at this page. Look at all the letters and all the punctuation marks. How did they get onto the page? Someone sat at a computer and used a keyboard to type each character. This process has come a long way from the first page that was printed. There was a German man responsible for all this, and his name is Johann Gutenberg.
 
2     There isn't much known about Johann Gutenberg's early life. He was born about 1400 in Germany. Historians think he was born near a town called Mainz. For many years, Johann trained as a goldsmith. A goldsmith is a person who shapes raw gold into usable items, like jewelry. This training would help Johann with his later invention.
 
3     When Johann was in his 30s, his family moved to Strasbourg. There, Johann joined a smiths' guild and met other people in his field. He also met people who would help him with his invention by giving him money and expertise in his efforts to build a printing press.

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