Worksheets and No Prep Teaching Resources
Worksheets and No Prep Teaching Resources
Reading Comprehension Worksheets
Exploring America's Great Rivers


Exploring America's Great Rivers
Print Exploring America's Great Rivers Reading Comprehension

Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 8 to 9
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   7.5

     challenging words:    Hernando, expedition, interior, riches, northwest, transfer, eventually, route, quest, originally, somehow, continent, discover, opportunity, explorer, supplies
     content words:    Native Americans, South America, Jacques Cartier, Lawrence River, Lake Ontario, North America, Amazon River, Atlantic Ocean, Mississippi River, United States

Other Languages
     Spanish: Explorando los Grandes Ríos de América

Exploring America's Great Rivers
By Sharon Fabian

1     Explorers of America in the 1500s had to be tough! First they had to survive crossing the ocean to get to America, and then they had to land in the right place. At that time, neither of those things was easy to do, and many explorers didn't even make it to America.
2     Once they finally reached America, do you think things got easier? No! They got worse! An explorer couldn't just step off of his ship and transfer to a train or a car to travel across the land. There wasn't even a covered wagon to hitch a ride on. Once they landed, explorers traveled by foot, and not on roads or sidewalks, either! They couldn't stop at an inn for a good night's sleep and a hot meal. When they did have a chance to stop and rest at the invitation of a group of Native Americans, they may have slept with one eye open, remembering all the awful things that explorers before them had done to the Indians who lived there. Was it really safe to sleep among Indians who probably had good reasons to want to get rid of them?
3     Maybe those explorers were relieved when they had the chance to get back on their ships and explore by water instead of land. Explorers sailed up and down the great rivers of North and South America. Some were on a quest for riches. Some were still trying to find a passage to Asia. Some were hunting for food to keep themselves alive.

Paragraphs 4 to 7:
For the complete story with questions: click here for printable

Weekly Reading Books

          Create Weekly Reading Books

Prepare for an entire week at once!

Feedback on Exploring America's Great Rivers
Leave your feedback on Exploring America's Great Rivers   (use this link if you found an error in the story)


More Lessons
             High School Reading Comprehensions and High School Reading Lessons

Social Studies
             Social Studies

    United States History and Theme Units  
    American Government  
    Ancient America  
    Ancient China  
    Ancient Egypt  
    Ancient Greece  
    Ancient India  
    Ancient Mesopotamia  
    Ancient Rome  
    Canadian Theme Unit  
    Country Theme Units  
    Crime and Terrorism  
    European History: 1600s-1800s  
    Famous Educators  
    Grades 2-3 Social Studies Wendy's World Series  
    History of Books and Writing  
    History of Mathematics  
    How Can I Help?  
    Inventors and Inventions  
    Middle Ages  
    World Religion  
    World War I  
    World War II  
    World Wonders  

Copyright © 2018 edHelper