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Thomas Edison
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   high interest, readability grades 3 to 5
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   5.12

     challenging words:    filament, recording, provided, hearing, totally, sealed, longer, railroad, bamboo, fiber, phonograph, working, nickname, telegraph, anymore, thing
     content words:    Civil War, Thomas Edison, Charles Edison, New Jersey, Mary Had, Little Lamb, Menlo Park, Edison National Historic Site

Thomas Edison
By Cathy Pearl

1     The railroad wasn't the only thing that changed this country after the Civil War. Electricity also changed it. Americans no longer had to go to bed when it was dark. Edison's ideas changed the way that people lived.
2     Thomas Edison was born in 1847. He started school at age seven. But his teacher quickly became annoyed with his endless questions. Edison's mother took him out of school and taught him at home.
3     Edison had a problem with his hearing. He eventually became totally deaf in one ear and hard of hearing in the other. It didn't stop him from working on his inventions.
4     Edison married twice in his life. With each wife, he had three children. One of his children, Charles Edison, was later elected the governor of New Jersey.
5     In 1876, he moved into his invention factory. It was a place for him to work on all the different ideas that he had. One of the first inventions that got a lot of attention was the phonograph. It was invented in 1877. Everyone was amazed at what it could do. The machine seemed like magic to people.

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