edHelper.com
Bulgaria - History



Bulgaria - History
Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 7 to 9
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   10.32

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    bloc, brutality, uprising, revolt, democracy, communism, communist, southeastern, odds, kingdom, origin, particularly, ruler, outbreak, lasted, notable
     content words:    Bulgarian Empire, As Slavs, Tsar Boris I., Orthodox Christianity, Tsar Simeon, Adriatic Sea, Byzantine Empire, Basil II, Two Bulgarian, Turkish Empire


Print Bulgaria - History
     Print Bulgaria - History  (font options, pick words for additional puzzles, and more)


Quickly Print
     Quickly print reading comprehension


Proofreading Activity
     Print a proofreading activity


Feedback on Bulgaria - History
     Leave your feedback on Bulgaria - History  (use this link if you found an error in the story)



Bulgaria - History
By Ekaterina Zhdanova-Redman
  

1     The country of Bulgaria has been for hundreds of years a politically and geographically important country. Due to Bulgaria's location in southeastern Europe it has been neighbors with some of the biggest empires in the world. Despite having been ruled for many years by neighboring empires, the people of Bulgaria have maintained a sense of national pride that persists to this day.
 
2     For parts of its early history, the land of Bulgaria belonged to different kingdoms. At first, Bulgaria was part of the Macedonian kingdom. The Romans threw the Macedonians out, and then the Thraco-Illyrians threw the Romans out. Finally, in 679, a group of people called the Bulgars moved in and took over. The Bulgars are believed to be of Indo-Iranian origin. They set up the first Bulgarian Empire and ultimately took over Macedonia in the 9th century. As Slavs moved into Bulgaria, the Bulgars became out numbered. Finally, the Bulgars adopted most of the Slavic ways of life and language.
 
3     Bulgarian religion helped shape the next period of Bulgarian history. In 865, a Byzantine monk painted a picture of what he thought hell looked like on the Bulgarian ruler's palace walls. This really frightened the ruler, Tsar Boris I. In fact, it scared him so much that Boris accepted Orthodox Christianity. The church of Bulgaria in 870 became independent, with its own leader. This leader convinced Tsar Simeon to expand the Bulgarian empire. Simeon tried to expand the empire across neighboring Serbia to the Adriatic Sea. This put Bulgaria at odds with the Byzantine Empire and weakened the Bulgarian Empire.

Paragraphs 4 to 10:
For the complete story with questions: click here for printable



Weekly Reading Books

          Create Weekly Reading Books

Prepare for an entire week at once!


More Lessons
             High School Reading Comprehensions and High School Reading Lessons


More Activities, Lesson Plans, and Worksheets


Back to School
Graphic Organizers
Alphabet Worksheets
Sight Words
Math Worksheets
Mazes
50 States

Monthly Themes
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December

Fractions
Place Value
Time and Calendar
Money
Earth Day
Solar System
Analogies
Nouns
Following Directions
Listening
Capitalization
Cursive Writing
Patterns and Sequencing
Dinosaurs
All About Me

Kindergarten
First Grade
Second Grade
Third Grade
Fourth Grade
Fifth Grade
Sixth Grade

Multiplication
Division
Main Idea
Cause and Effect
Measurement
Decimals
Rounding
Order of Operations
Verbs
Community Helpers
Adjectives
Plants
Grammar
Addition and Subtraction
Contractions
Bulletin Board Ideas
Word Searches
Crossword Puzzles
Printable Puzzles

Reading Comprehension
Reading Skills
English Language Arts





Copyright © 2011 edHelper