Reading Comprehension - Legends

Free printable reading comprehension stories about animals. Print the reading passage for offline use or test comprehension with the fun online quiz game. Recommended level: 2nd or 3rd Grade and up


Coyote and the Milky Way


Based on a Native American Navajo Legend

Coyote wanted to help the Great Spirit put stars in the night sky. "No problem," thought Coyote. "This is easy."

After a few years of placing stars in the sky, he got bored. "I think I'll put some pictures in the sky," thought Coyote, but he could not think of any.

Bear came along and said, "Coyote, put me up in the sky. Put me right near the center." Coyote agreed. Some people call the Bear star picture the Big Dipper.

Then Rabbit hopped up, saw Bear in the night sky, and said, "Coyote, you must put me there with my whole family. Everyone likes rabbits."

Mouse heard Rabbit and shouted, "Coyote, you need little creatures in the night sky. Put me and my family in the sky."

Owl listened to Mouse and Rabbit and hooted, "Don't forget all the birds, Coyote. You must put us in the night sky too."

"I can't put everyone in the sky," said Coyote. "That is way too much work!"

So Coyote grabbed all the remaining stars and threw them up into the sky. This is how Coyote made the Milky Way.


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How long did Coyote put stars in the sky before getting bored?
a few days
a few months
a few years
a few years What animal did the Big Dipper represent?
bear
rabbit
bird
bear Who told Coyote to put birds in the night sky?
Bear
Owl
Rabbit
Owl Which of these animals did NOT ask Coyote to be placed in the night sky?
Bear
Snake
Mouse
Snake Why didn't Coyote do star pictures of all the animals?
He didn't have enough stars.
He didn't like mice and birds.
It was too much work.
It was too much work. According to this legend, how was the Milky Way formed?
Coyote drew lots of pictures in the sky.
Coyote threw all the stars into the sky.
by a big star explosion
Coyote threw all the stars into the sky.

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