The bride from the south

Words: 201-300

Skills: Context Clues Summary Theme

Grades: 2nd 3rd 4th

Topics: Folklore, Myths, and Legends

Genres: Prose

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CCSS: History/Social Studies and Reading: Literature

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The Bride of the South


by James Mooney from Myths of the Cherokee: Extract from the Nineteenth Annual Report of the Bureau of American Ethnology

Born in 1861, James Mooney was an anthropologist/ethnologist who studied Native American tribes. This Cherokee myth is from a report he wrote which was published by the U.S. Bureau of American Ethnology in 1902. Students will read the story and answer questions on the theme, the vocabulary, and the details.

Reading Comprehension Passage

The Bride of the South

by James Mooney from Myths of the Cherokee: Extract from the Nineteenth Annual Report of the Bureau of American Ethnology
The North went traveling, and after going far and meeting many different tribes he finally fell in love with the daughter of the South and wanted to marry her. The girl was willing, but her parents objected and said, “Ever since you came the weather has been cold, and if you stay here we may all freeze to death.” The North pleaded hard, and said that if they would let him have their daughter he would take her back to his own country, so at last they consented. They were married and he took his bride to his own country, and when she arrived there she found the people all living in ice houses.

The next day, when the sun rose, the houses began to leak, and as it climbed higher they began to melt, and it grew warmer and warmer, until finally the people came to the young husband and told him he must send his wife home again, or the weather would get so warm that the whole settlement would be melted. He loved his wife and so held out as long as he could, but as the sun grew hotter the people were more urgent, and at last he had to send her home to her parents.

The people said that as she had been born in the South, and nourished all her life upon food that grew in the same climate, her whole nature was warm and unfit for the North.

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Reading Comprehension Questions

1. Why did the parents of the daughter of the South ask the North to leave?



2. What kind of houses did the North's people live in?



3. What does urgent mean here: "but as the sun grew hotter the people were more urgent"?



4. What do you think would have happened if the daughter of the South had stayed with the North?