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Pocahontas: The Girl Who Saved Jamestown

“Pocahontas, you’re a Powhatan. They are not. They are nothing like us!” her father, Chief Powhatan, scolded. “They are dangerous!”

Pocahontas tried to explain, “They need our help.”

“No more!” her father demanded.

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Since the colonists arrived, the Powhatan tribe had been on guard.

But Pocahontas wanted to meet the colonists. She didn’t care if they didn’t look or act like her. It was fun to make new friends.

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“If only I could show you that we’re all the same,” Pocahontas whispered.

But her father wasn’t listening. There was great change happening around their tribe and his people were scared.

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Pocahontas tried to behave, but before long, she snuck away to visit the colonists. She most enjoyed playing with the children.

Pocahontas taught them the songs of her tribe. The colonist taught her the songs of their homeland. Together, they shared meals and told stories.

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Walking home, Pocahontas heard a noise. She hid and listened. Then her eyes widened.

“No, no, no,” she whispered.

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Tied to a post was a colonist. Powhatan warriors surrounded him. Their spears were lifted and their bows were raised.

“My name is John Smith,” the man shouted, “I have no weapon! I mean you no harm!”

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At that moment, the arrows were released. The warriors cast their spears toward the colonist.

Pocahontas ran toward the man.

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An arrow flew over Pocahontas’ head. She ducked. She jumped.

Then Pocahontas threw herself in front of John Smith. She turned to face the warriors.

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“Drop your weapons!” she commanded.

The warriors obeyed.

Pocahontas, daughter of the Chief, spoke words the tribe understood. She told them how the colonists cried the same tears as her own and laughed at the same joys.

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The warriors freed John Smith. Pocahontas’ kind heart and courage brought the two sides together.

With Pocahontas, the tribe welcomed the colonists. They showed the colonists how to live in their new land. Together, they saw that they weren’t very different at all.

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What is the setting of this story?

What did Pocahontas teach her tribe about the colonists?

What are two words that describe Pocahontas? Give examples from the story to support your answer.

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FAZ Reading Level Detail

Lexile Score 430
Word Count 358
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