'); } var S; S=topJS(); SLoad(S); //-->
Worksheets and No Prep Teaching Resources
Reading Comprehension Worksheets
Hawaii Becomes 50th State
|edHelper's suggested reading level:||grade 6|
|Flesch-Kincaid grade level:||8.8|
Hawaii's Journey to Statehood
1 The islands of Hawaii did not always belong to the United States. They have a rich history prior to becoming a state of the Union. Polynesian voyagers came to the islands thousands of years before they were discovered by Europeans. Can you imagine what it was like to live thousands of years ago? Perhaps it was like an episode of Survivor, where people had to build shelters out of bamboo and make meals out of the meat and milk of coconuts!
2 Hawaii was also not always called Hawaii. In the latter 1700s, they were called the Sandwich Islands, after the Earl of Sandwich. In the early 1800s, Great Britain, France, and the United States recognized Hawaii as a kingdom under the rule of King Kamehameha III. (How would you like to have a name like that? Would you remember how to spell it?) However, Great Britain and France were not content to leave Hawaii to rule itself, so the king sought to put Hawaii under the protection of the United States. Ironically, being under the protection of the United States would lead to the dissolving of the kingdom.
3 In 1887, the United States was allowed to establish a military base, called Pearl Harbor. Many years later, it was the scene of the terrible, surprise attack by Japan on December 7, 1941, which involved the United States in World War II. This was a very dark time in America's history, with loss of life and conflict with other countries.
Paragraphs 4 to 5:
For the complete story with questions: click here for printable
English Reading Comprehension: Hawaii's Journey to Statehood
French Reading Comprehension: Le Parcours d'Hawaii vers un Etat Officielle
Spanish Reading Comprehension: El viaje de Hawai a ser un estado
Italian Reading Comprehension: IL PERCORSO DELLE HAWAII PER DIVENTARE UNO STATO
German Reading Comprehension: Hawaiis Weg ein US-Staat zu werden
Feedback on Hawaii's Journey to Statehood
Weekly Reading Books
More Activities, Lesson Plans, and Worksheets