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Statue of Liberty



Statue of Liberty
Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 2 to 3
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.95

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    alliance, finding, gateway, great-great, sonnet, tyranny, weekday, early, rays, museum, immigration, spectacular, holds, tears, holding, lived
     content words:    New York City, Ellis Island, Stony Point, Rockland County, New York, York City, Palisades Parkway, George Washington Bridge, Battery Park, Circle Line Statue


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Statue of Liberty
By Jennifer Kenny
  

1     Patrick woke up early on this beautiful summer morning. Today was a very special day. He had waited for it to come for a long time.
 
2     Today Patrick's family was going to New York City to visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Patrick rounded up everyone in the house, ate a quick breakfast, and headed to the car.
 
3     Patrick's family lived in Stony Point, a small town in Rockland County, New York. This is a suburb of New York City. While his father commuted into the large city each weekday, Patrick didn't get the chance quite that often. Patrick's family headed down the Palisades Parkway and over the George Washington Bridge. They made their way to Battery Park, New York, parked their car in a parking garage, and got in line for the ferry.
 
4     Patrick's family bought tickets for the Circle Line Statue of Liberty Ferry. It cost $10 each for his parents, $4 each for Patrick and his sister, and $8 for his grandfather who is a senior citizen. They boarded the ferry for the 9 a.m. departure and arrived at Liberty Island at 9:15 a.m. The Statue of Liberty is located on Liberty Island in Upper New York Bay.
 
5     Patrick felt very patriotic as he gazed at the spectacular Statue of Liberty. He learned that the formal name of the Statue of Liberty is "Liberty Enlightening the World." The statue is a woman escaping chains that stand for tyranny, or the ruling of people in a cruel way. She is holding a torch that stands for liberty in her right hand. The tablet her left hand holds bears the date July 4, 1776. She is wearing a crown with seven rays representing the seven seas and continents. She is dressed in flowing robes.

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