Wild, Wild West
Making a Home

Making a Home
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     challenging words:    droppings, manure, settler, original, settled, layer, schools, chips, pioneer, move, mostly, attend, overnight, part, rented, strips

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Making a Home
By Mary Lynn Bushong

1     If you move to a new part of the country, are things different? You have schools, stores, and homes just like those you left behind. If you had lived in the 1800's, that might not be true. You would have to build a house. The nearest store might be a trading post. People did not mind. They could finally have their own land.
2     Why did people want their own land? In many countries only the rich could own land. Most people rented their farms. The owner did not have to let people live on his land. If a family owned land, not everyone could stay on it forever. Some people had to move away and live somewhere else.
3     Many people moved to America in hopes of owning their own land. Much of the land in the original colonies was too expensive for them to buy. The West was being opened up, and land was available at a price they could afford. They did not want to lose this chance!
4     When a settler or pioneer arrived on his new land, there was much work to do. There was usually no home, barn, or fences. There was probably no road, either.

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