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Little did Emma Lazarus know that she would one day be remembered in American history for writing the poem, “The New Colossus.” Read the following passage to learn about the history and importance of this poem.
EMMA LAZARUS, WHO LIVED FROM 1849 TO 1887, was a successful writer. By age eighteen, she had already written her first book. Eventually, she published several more. She became most famous, however, for one special poem called “The New Colossus.” The word colossus means gigantic statue.
The colossus Emma Lazarus wrote about in her poem was the Statue of Liberty, then ready to be raised in New York Harbor. Although the title of the poem is not well known, the last five lines of the poem are. In them, “Lady Liberty” says:
“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
Send these, the homeless, tempest-
Tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
Emma Lazarus had good reason for writing those words. In addition to her writing, she was devoted to the cause of helping Jewish refugees from Russia. These people, rejected by their own country, crossed the ocean to America seeking new homes and freedom. They often arrived penniless. Emma Lazarus spent time and money organizing help for these immigrants. She believed strongly in America as a place for people looking for freedom.
“The New Colossus” was first read at an event to raise money for building the base of the Statue of Liberty. For the next twenty years, however, the poem was mostly forgotten. Emma Lazarus died not knowing how many people her words would inspire.
Then, in 1903, the poem was chosen to be inscribed on a bronze tablet inside the entrance to the statue. Since that time, millions of Americans have read the poem. Its words have helped make the Statue of Liberty known as a symbol of freedom throughout the world.
Why do you think the author ended the selection by telling about the symbolism of the Statue of Liberty?
To show people the way to New York
To explain how long it took to write the poem
To describe how the statue was made
To emphasize how important the statue is
“The New Colossus” is a poem about
New York Harbor.
The Statue of Liberty.
Emma Lazarus was not only a successful writer, she also
helped people who were new to America.
designed the Statue of Liberty.
wrote her poem on a bronze tablet.
brought the Statue of Liberty to New York.
Although the selection doesn’t say, you can tell that Emma Lazarus was a woman who was
tired from writing all the time.
the first person to help refugees from Russia.
important in the building of the Statue of Liberty.
kind and caring about people less fortunate.
“The New Colossus” was first read in public when
a fundraiser was held to build the statue’s base.
Jewish refugees were finally able to land on U.S. shores.
the Statue of Liberty was opened in 1886.
groups from around the world remembered Emma Lazarus.
The following passage is about a girl named Billie Wind, a Seminole Indian, who was punished for not believing in the “old ways.” She was sent out to the swamp to learn some lessons.
SHE FOLDED HER ARMS AND LOOKED over the forest. The trees were flared at the bases. This uncanny growth buttressed the cypress in the rainy season when the island was flooded with water and rendered the trees unstable. Near each tree jutted waist-high triangular “knees” that grew up from the roots. These breathed air when the roots were under water. Billie Wind walked among them until she found two slender trees that did not have buttresses.
“These trees are talking to me,” she realized. “When the land is high and dry cypress trees do not grow buttresses, they grow straight like these. So the land is dry here. I have found a good campground.
“Petang,” she called. “Where are you? We are going to camp here until our boat is made.” The otter answered by rustling the palmettos and splashing into the water.
Billie Wind slung her hammock high. The species of mosquito that had been biting her did not fly higher than nine feet above the land, and so she would hang her bed at least ten feet high. To get up and down she braided a rope out of one of the many kinds of vines, tied it to the hammock and climbed up the tree. She secured the hammock.
Petang returned as she was putting the last stone on the fireplace. His sides were round and bulging.
“Goodness,” she said. “You have been eating well. What’s out there? Frogs? Fish?” She walked toward the shore to gather for herself whatever Petang had eaten.
A hiss sounded. The palmettos thrashed, and as Billie Wind jumped backward, she looked down on an enormous mother alligator who was escorting dozens of baby alligators down the side of a mound of humus, her nest. She turned back to help one hatchling who was still buried and peeping. Using her awkward-looking foot, she gently pulled back the black plants and let him climb out. A raccoon pounced on a baby at the bottom of the pile. She roared down on him, slashed her jaws and cut off his tail. He ran screaming into the brush. A heron flapped down and hovered over the tasty hatchlings. The mother alligator grunted and slammed her jaws, barely missing the bird, who rose higher to wait for another opportunity to strike. Roaring and snapping, the mother gator led her brood toward the safety of the water.
Billie Wind backed all the way home and climbed her rope to her hammock. She knew better than to stay anywhere near a mother alligator and her young.
The island was flooded with water and
the trees unstable.
In the sentence above, what does the word
obtained by heating.
caused to become.
When the mother alligator was escorting dozens of baby alligators, she was
going with them.
Which of the following BEST describes Billie Wind?
Confused and worried
Grouchy and tired
Lonely and frightened
How could you BEST describe the author’s message?
Keep away from swamps.
Watch out for alligators.
Respect nature and learn from it.
Always carry proper tools.
Onomatopoeia is a term used when words sound like the thing being described. Which of the words below is an example of onomatopoeia?
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