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The Ballpoint Pen

Inventors and Inventions
Inventors and Inventions


The Ballpoint Pen
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A Short Reader

Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 3 to 5
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.84

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    ballpoint, oil-based, writing, compact, reservoir, pens, design, might, cheap, simple, leather, below, sound, leak, better, neat
     content words:    Founding Fathers, John Loud, John J., Georg Biro, Baron Marcel Bich

Other Languages
     Spanish: El bolígrafo


The Ballpoint Pen
By Colleen Messina
  

1     Writing with a quill might sound fun, but it is messy. It takes skill and practice to use a quill. The Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence with a quill and ink. Today most people use ballpoint pens.
 
2     A ballpoint pen has a simple basic design. Its tip is a tiny metal ball in a socket. This ball and socket sit below a reservoir of ink inside the pen. Ink flows to the tip automatically. The first designs leaked a lot. This was their biggest problem. The design improved. The ink improved, too. Today, a special ink is used in ballpoint pens. The ink dries right away when it is exposed to air.

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