Canadian Theme Unit
Roads, Canals, and Railways

Roads, Canals, and Railways
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     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   5.36

     challenging words:    spite, link, british, land, settled, easily, rail, working, logs, pressed, depend, several, deal, eastern, western, government
     content words:    Lake Ontario, Great Lakes, Niagara Falls, Chippawa Creek, Trent-Severn Waterways, Georgian Bay, Lake Huron, First Nation, Burleigh Falls, Lake Rice

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Roads, Canals, and Railways
By Mary Lynn Bushong

1     When a new land was settled, there were many things to be worked out. Home sites had be chosen, food grown, and trade established. Once these things were done, there had to be a way to link them up.
2     The first roads were not like the ones we have today. Some were little more than paths. Then wider dirt roads became common. They were usually wide enough for a single cart or wagon.
3     In some places where the ground was soft, logs were laid side by side and pressed into the ground. These were called corduroy roads. The logs kept wheels from getting stuck in the mud, but they were very bumpy.
4     When the French first settled Quebec, they did not depend on roads. Instead, they moved everything along rivers in boats.

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