Story Overview: This story is a Native American legend called Mystic Horse. It tells about a boy and his grandmother who live in a Pawnee community. The grandmother and boy are poor and have to walk whenever the Pawnee move. First, the boy finds a sickly horse, and then he decides to take care of it. The horse repays him for his kindness.
Genre: A Legend is a story that has been handed down by a people for many years and often has some basis in fact.
responsibility: a job, duty, or concern.
patchwork: something put together out of many uneven or varied parts.
sores: places where the skin has been broken and hurts.
Understanding the sequence of events can help students summarize a story. Signal words such as before, after, then, later, next, and finally, are often used to indicate time order.
Grammar: Linking Verbs
A linking verb links, or connects, the subject of a sentence to a noun, pronoun, or adjective that describes the subject. Linking verbs are most often the forms of be: am, is, are, was, were. Other linking verbs include words such as: look, seem, appear, become, feel, grow, smell, taste.