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Canadian Theme Unit
Burning of the Parliament Buildings

Canadian Theme Unit
Canadian Theme Unit


Burning of the Parliament Buildings
Print Burning of the Parliament Buildings Reading Comprehension with Sixth Grade Work

Print Burning of the Parliament Buildings Reading Comprehension

Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 6 to 7
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   7.13

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    saboteur, definitive, investigation, quick-thinking, majority, circumstance, military, reality, possibility, government, beginning, link, meantime, nation, official, position
     content words:    Barracks Hill, Ottawa River, Rideau Canal, West Block, East Block, Center Block, Victorian Gothic, World War I., Victorian Memorial Museum


Burning of the Parliament Buildings
By Mary Lynn Bushong
  

1     From the beginning of time, men have built forts and other strongholds on the tops of hills. From that position they could see anyone who approached. Attacking a hill fort was more difficult for an enemy.
 
2     Over time, it wasn't just military strongholds but centers of government that were placed in that position. After all, those who serve in government enjoy being looked up to in reality and figuratively. This was true in Canada as it is in other countries.
 
3     The site for Canada's parliament buildings was chosen before Confederation. The buildings were designed at first to house the government of Canada's East and West (now Quebec and Ontario).
 
4     The buildings sit on Barracks Hill overlooking the Ottawa River. The Rideau Canal borders it on the east. They were still being constructed when Confederation was begun in 1867.
 
5     The West Block was constructed in 1865. The first part of the East Block was built in 1867. The second part was finished in 1910. The Library of Parliament and the Center Block were finished in 1876 and 1878.

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