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An Eagle for an Emblem

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An Eagle for an Emblem
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4.1

     challenging words:    emblem, founding, unique, pyramid, task, freedom, treasure, wild, eagle, represent, country, mind, hunt, strength, also, turkey
     content words:    George Washington, United States, North America, Ben Franklin, Great Seal

An Eagle for an Emblem
By Erin Horner

1     Pretend that you are going on a treasure hunt. Your task is to find three pictures. You are given a one-dollar bill. Can you do it? I think that you can! What three pictures would you find? On the front, you would find a picture of George Washington. On the back, you would see a picture of a pyramid. You would also find a picture of a bald eagle. The bald eagle is the national emblem of the United States.
2     This symbol was chosen by our nation's first leaders. These men wanted to choose the right emblem to represent our country. This was very hard! The Founding Fathers didn't want to pick a bird that could be found all over the world. They wanted to pick one that was unique to North America. Ben Franklin thought that the wild turkey should be the national bird. He feared than the eagle might not be a good symbol for America. For six years off and on, the men debated about which bird to choose. Finally, they decided that the bald eagle stood for strength. They also felt that it stood for courage and freedom.
3     The bald eagle was officially chosen as the national emblem. .....
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