WILBUR AND ORVILLE WRIGHT LESSON
Print the Wilbur and Orville Wright reading
comprehension passage and questions (see
Students should read the story silently,
then answer the questions about the story that follow.
Excerpt from passage
Have you ever been on an airplane? You may have flown to go someplace on vacation or to visit a relative for the holidays. Either way, you would not have been able to fly if it had not been for Wilbur and Orville Wright. The Wright Brothers were the first to ever fly an airplane.
The Beginning of the Wright Brothers
Orville and Wilbur were both born in the Midwest. Their parents had five children. Orville and Wilbur were the two youngest boys. They had two older brothers, Reuchlin and Lorin and a younger sister, Katharine. Wilbur was born on April 16, 1867 in Millville, Indiana. Orville, the youngest Wright boy, was born August 19, 1871 in Dayton, Ohio. The Wrights had moved around quite a bit. However, they would remain in Dayton, Ohio for quite a while. In fact, Dayton considers their home on Hawthorn Street to be the official home of the Wright family.
The Wright children's parents, Milton and Susan Wright traveled quite a bit because Milton was a minister. When he was elected Bishop of a church in Iowa in 1878 the family moved briefly from Dayton. However, they returned to their home on Hawthorn Street in 1885.
While the boys had relatively normal childhoods their main interest was in a toy their father bought for them. Though there were no helicopters at this time they had been given a top that flew in a helicopter-like fashion. The boys loved it and their interest in flying machines started from playing with this toy. (continued...)
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