To be used with the March 27, 2017, issue Edition 5/6

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Reading a Timeline Common Core R.7

The Life of Lady Liberty As you read on page 2 of this week’s issue, Lady Liberty has appeared on U.S. coins since the 1790s. But she is most famously represented by the Statue of Liberty. The timeline shows some important dates in the history of the statue. Study the timeline, then answer the questions.

1870 1880 1890

1871: A French sculptor named Frédéric Bartholdi travels to New York. He chooses a site for a statue that will honor the friendship between France and the U.S. He picks a spot in New York Harbor called Bedloe’s Island (later renamed Liberty Island).

1. Who was the sculptor who chose the site and constructed the statue? __________________________________________ 2. Once construction began, how long did it take to complete the statue? __________________________________________ 3. Why do you think the French chose to officially present the statue to the U.S. on July 4?


1876: Bartholdi begins construction of the statue in France.


1884: The statue is completed. The French officially present it to the U.S. ambassador in Paris on July 4.


1885: The statue is separated into 350 pieces and shipped to the U.S.


1920 1930

1886: The statue is reassembled in New York. It is dedicated on October 28.

1940 1950

1941–1945: During World War II, the statue’s torch is no longer lit up at night to prevent enemy aircraft from seeing it.


1984: The statue is closed for renovations to prepare for its 100th anniversary two years later.

1970 1980 1990

2001: The statue and Liberty Island, which sit across the harbor from the World Trade Center, are closed after the terrorist attacks on September 11. 2004: The statue is reopened to the public, but the crown remains closed for another five years.


2012: Flooding from Hurricane Sandy covers 75 percent of Liberty Island, causing major damage. The island is closed for repairs.


2013: The statue and Liberty Island reopen to the public.



4. What happened after the French officially presented the statue to the U.S. but before it was reassembled? __________________________________________ __________________________________________ __________________________________________ 5. In what year was the statue’s 100th anniversary? __________________________________________ 6. List three reasons the statue was closed during the past 40 years. __________________________________________ __________________________________________ __________________________________________ __________________________________________ __________________________________________

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