Worksheets and No Prep Teaching Resources
Worksheets and No Prep Teaching Resources
Reading Comprehension Worksheets
Ancient India
The Mauryan Dynasty

Ancient India
Ancient India

The Mauryan Dynasty
Print The Mauryan Dynasty Reading Comprehension

Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 7 to 9
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   9.75

     challenging words:    Arthasastra, co-exist, aftermath, subcontinent, determined, VYSH-yuh, infrastructure, castaway, humiliation, conquest, instability, coup, mentor, nonviolence, competent, dynasty
     content words:    Philip II, Middle East, Central Asia, Persian Empire, South Asia, Indus River, Ganges Valley, Chandragupta Maurya, Pusyamitra Sunga

The Mauryan Dynasty
By Vickie Chao

1     July 20th of 356 B.C. was a very important date in human history, for two major events were said to have taken place on that particular day. The first was the burning of the famous Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, near the present-day city of Izmir in Turkey. The second was the birth of Alexander the Great.
2     Alexander the Great was the son of the Macedonian king Philip II and the Epirus princess Olympias. He ascended the throne at the age of twenty after his father was assassinated. During his short reign of twelve years, he set out to conquer the world and almost succeeded. His army swept across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Central Asia. He captured Egypt in 332 B.C. and defeated the Persian Empire in 330 B.C. Overwhelmed by the victories, Alexander the Great decided to press ahead. This time, he aimed for the Indian subcontinent in South Asia. In 326 B.C. he and his troops crossed the Indus River and disarmed the two kingdoms in the Punjab region (located in present-day India and Pakistan). Just as he was ready to advance to the kingdom of Magadha in the Ganges Valley, his soldiers rebelled and refused to go any farther. Under immense pressure, Alexander the Great discarded his grand plan and, thus, spared the rest of India and other countries in Asia. Three years after his reluctant withdrawal, he died in Babylon.
3     The sudden death of Alexander the Great dismantled the massive empire almost overnight. With no apparent heirs competent enough to continue the legacy, a power struggle quickly broke out. The instability helped give rise to a man named Chandragupta Maurya (pronounced "chun-druh-GOOP-tuh MOW-ur-yuh") who later assembled a strong army and became the first person to unite India.

Paragraphs 4 to 9:
For the complete story with questions: click here for printable

Weekly Reading Books

          Create Weekly Reading Books

Prepare for an entire week at once!

Feedback on The Mauryan Dynasty
Leave your feedback on The Mauryan Dynasty   (use this link if you found an error in the story)

Ancient India
             Ancient India

More Lessons
             High School Reading Comprehensions and High School Reading Lessons

Social Studies
             Social Studies

    United States History and Theme Units  
    American Government  
    Ancient America  
    Ancient China  
    Ancient Egypt  
    Ancient Greece  
    Ancient India  
    Ancient Mesopotamia  
    Ancient Rome  
    Canadian Theme Unit  
    Country Theme Units  
    Crime and Terrorism  
    European History: 1600s-1800s  
    Famous Educators  
    Grades 2-3 Social Studies Wendy's World Series  
    History of Books and Writing  
    History of Mathematics  
    How Can I Help?  
    Inventors and Inventions  
    Middle Ages  
    World Religion  
    World War I  
    World War II  
    World Wonders  

Copyright © 2018 edHelper