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LEVELED READER • W Vikings A Reading A–Z Level W Leveled Reader Word Count: 1,764 VIKINGS Z T W Written by William Houseman Illustrated by Maria Voris Visit www.readinga-z.com www.readinga-z.com for thousands of books and materials. VIKINGS Written by William Houseman Vikings Level W Leveled Reader Illustrated by Maria Voris © Learning A–Z, Inc. Correlation Written by William Houseman LEVEL W Illustrated by Maria Voris Fountas & Pinnell R All rights reserved. Reading Recovery 40 www.readinga-z.com www.readinga-z.com DRA 40 TABLE OF CONTENTS Introduction .............................................................. 4 Viking Warriors ........................................................ 7 Viking Ships .............................................................. 8 Discovering a New Land ...................................... 10 Eric the Red ............................................................. 12 Leif Ericson ............................................................. 14 Other Viking Conquests ........................................ 18 Glossary ................................................................... 20 INTRODUCTION What do you think of when you hear the word Vikings? Do you think of fierce warriors or skilled explorers? Do you think of traders who traveled the world, or do you think of writers and poets? The Vikings were all of these things. They were also shipwrights, scientists, farmers, and fisherfolk. But often, we only think of Vikings as large and powerful raiding warriors. It’s true that the Vikings were brave warriors and seldom lost a battle. They scared everyone. Yet their greatest strength may have been their love of exploration. They had the bravery to seek the edges of the unknown ocean. 3 4 The period known as the Viking Age lasted People of that time called Vikings the Nordic between the years of AD 793 and 1066. During people, or Norsemen—men from the north. They that time the Vikings discovered and settled both were as harsh and rugged as the coastal lands Iceland and Greenland. They discovered North from which they came—lands that we now know America long before Christopher Columbus. as Norway, Sweden, and Denmark. At that early Seeking riches, they invaded many different time, all Nordic people spoke one language. towns and cities across Europe and Russia. They It was natural for Nordic people to seek their even raided the city of Jerusalem in the Middle fortune on the ocean. Many of them were trained East. Monasteries were frequent targets of Viking from a young age to be skilled sailors and raids because they had few defenses and often navigators. Some sailed away for the adventure. housed many valuable objects. Others did it because they

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