Native American Reading Comprehension

Free printable traditional legends and informational texts from the Native American and Indigenous People cultures. Read and test reading comprehension online or print and use offline. Recommended level: 3rd or 4th Grade and up

The Dream Catcher

From the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, Canada

Long ago, a spider was quietly spinning a web beside the sleeping area of Kookum, the grandmother. Each day, Kookum watched the spider at work, quietly spinning.

One day as she was watching him, her grandson came in. He picked up a shoe, stomped over to the spider, and went to hit it.

"Don’t hurt him," whispered the old lady.

"Kookum, why do you protect the spider?" asked the boy. The old lady smiled, but didn’t answer.

When the boy left, the spider went to the old woman and thanked her for saving his life. He said to her, "For many days you have watched me spin and weave my web. In return for saving my life, I will give you a gift."

Soon the moon was shining on the magical silvery web.

"See how I spin?" said the spider. "My web will catch bad dreams. Only good dreams will go through the small holes. This is my gift to you. All your bad dreams will become tangled in the web. Only good dreams will be remembered."

Who is Kookum?
the grandmother
the grandson
the spider
the grandmother Where does this story take place?
in Kookum's room
in the garden
in the kitchen
in Kookum's room What is the grandson's name?
Kookum
Jim
It doesn't say in the story.
It doesn't say in the story. What is the dream catcher?
the silvery moon
the spider's magic web
the spider
the spider's magic web What was the spider's gift to Kookum?
a long happy life
a dream catcher to allow only good dreams to be remembered
a pair of shoes
a dream catcher to allow only good dreams to be remembered Why did the spider give Kookum a gift?
She saved the spider's life.
The gift was for Kookum's grandson.
It was her birthday.
She saved the spider's life.

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