Worksheets and No Prep Teaching Resources
Worksheets and No Prep Teaching Resources
Reading Comprehension Worksheets
Canadian Theme Unit
Who Were the Métis?

Canadian Theme Unit
Canadian Theme Unit

Who Were the Métis?
Print Who Were the Métis? Reading Comprehension with Third Grade Work

Print Who Were the Métis? Reading Comprehension with Fourth Grade Work

Print Who Were the Métis? Reading Comprehension with Fifth Grade Work

Print Who Were the Métis? Reading Comprehension

Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 3 to 5
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   5.51

     challenging words:    bannock, bois, co-operate, co-operation, coloured, Colourful, coureur, hollowed-out, hospitality, rally, sashes, original, cultural, pemmican, staple, ammunition
     content words:    Indians Métis, British Museum, North America, First Nations, Louis Riel, Red River, Many First Nations, Bay Company, Northwest Company, First Nation

Who Were the Métis?
By Mary Lynn Bushong

1     Caption: Knives and sleeves of the Indians Métis and Pied-noirs in the British Museum, London.
2     When you read about French explorers and trappers in North America, you soon read about the Métis. The word Métis means mixed. They were people who had intermarried with the First Nations.
3     They were not just mixed with French but also Scots and English. In fact, they considered themselves just people until Louis Riel tried to rally them all together at Red River. Since then, their strong cultural identity has had a name. For a time it was the third most common culture in the West.
4     Centuries before Columbus, there were stories of Celt and Viking explorers who came to North America and became part of the tribes. They were the original Métis.
5     When French trappers and coureur des bois pushed North and West, they also intermingled with the local tribes. The resulting culture was often a blend of the best from the French and First Nations.
6     One of the first things you might notice would be their clothes. Cloth was purchased from trading posts for shirts, blouses, and skirts. Deer or moose hide was used to make pants. These were often decorated with beautiful bead work. Many First Nations copied that art form from the Métis.
7     Coats were made from Hudson's Bay Company blankets. They didn't use buttons. Instead long sashes were wound around the waist to keep the coats closed. The sashes were also used as a rope when necessary. Whenever possible, their clothes were decorated with bright colours and beads.
8     Women were very conscious of their clothes. They often decorated their skirts with ribbons, and some wore brightly coloured sashes. Colourful shawls were worn on their heads and beaded moccasins on their feet. Children wore clothes like their parents.

Paragraphs 9 to 16:
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 Who Were the Métis?
Leave your feedback on Who Were the Métis?   (use this link if you found an error in the story)

Canadian Theme Unit
             Canadian Theme Unit

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