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American Revolution
The Colonies

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The Colonies
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   7.75

     challenging words:    mongrel, oppression, taxation, settling, representation, resistance, breed, original, govern, shores, hardship, wealth, ever, insult, separate, escape
     content words:    King George III

The Colonies
By Jane Runyon

1     Have you ever tasted flour? By itself, it doesn't have much taste, does it? How about salt? You wouldn't want to eat too much of it by itself. What about raw egg, vanilla, sugar, cooking oil, baking soda? None of these would taste very good as a snack. But what if you mixed all of these ingredients together and then put them in the oven to bake? In 30-40 minutes, you would have a delicious cake that you would find very pleasant to eat. The original thirteen colonies were much the same as the ingredients in our cake. Settling here were people of many different parts of Europe and Africa who brought their cultures with them to form a new country. All of these traditions and cultures mixed together to create a country different from any other country in the world, a country delicious to the throngs which suffered hardship to reach the shores of this new land.
2     Many of the new colonists had come to this new world to escape religious oppression. Many were poor and thought that they could find wealth in a new world. Some were trying to start new lives after being shut up in prisons for crimes and debts. All of these new inhabitants came to find a home where they could decide for themselves and their families the best way to live. Here there would be no king telling them what to believe and what to do. Many of the new colonists had come from England and still considered themselves to be Englishmen. On the other hand, more and more of the new residents began to call themselves Americans and wanted to govern themselves as a separate country.

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