After the Civil War

Sarah and the Henhouse Guest, Part 1

Sarah and the Henhouse Guest, Part 1
Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   high interest, readability grades 3 to 5
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   2.37

     challenging words:    bustled, flickered, wounded, flesh, farmhouse, mass, blessed, destruction, matted, wrinkled, coiled, sorrow, daydream, comfort, somehow, doing
     content words:    War Between, Reverend Calhoun, Tennessee Cavalry, Miz Calhoun, Uncle Raymond, But Mrs, Elijah Sam

Print Sarah and the Henhouse Guest, Part 1
     Print Sarah and the Henhouse Guest, Part 1  (font options, pick words for additional puzzles, and more)

Quickly Print - PDF format
     Quickly Print: PDF (2 columns per page)

     Quickly Print: PDF (full page)

Quickly Print - HTML format
     Quickly Print: HTML

Proofreading Activity
     Print a proofreading activity

Feedback on Sarah and the Henhouse Guest, Part 1
     Leave your feedback on Sarah and the Henhouse Guest, Part 1  (use this link if you found an error in the story)

Sarah and the Henhouse Guest, Part 1
By Toni Lee Robinson

1     Sarah opened the door of the henhouse. The hens bustled about, fussing at her. She wrinkled her nose. Whew! It always smelled bad in there. She picked up the eggs from the straw nests. Two. Not like the twenty or so she used to find. But she was glad to be able to gather eggs at all. Like everything else, eggs had been scarce during the war.
2     The war...In her mind, Sarah heard again the terrible sounds. The War Between the States they called it. It had roared and churned all around them--the rifle volleys, the BOOM! of the cannons, the shouts and screams. They were the sounds of destruction and death. Sarah had seen both.
3     Every time she had heard the sounds, Sarah had prayed for her father. Reverend Calhoun was Chaplain of the 2nd Tennessee Cavalry. "I will not bear arms against other men," he had told Sarah. "But I can bring God to those who need Him. Who needs Him more than these boys marching off to die?"
4     "We do, Daddy," fifteen-year-old Sarah had thought. "What about us?" But she'd kept quiet. She'd waved goodbye as her father left with the other soldiers. Later, she'd helped her mother nurse the wounded at their door. She'd even helped ready the dead for burial. Each time she wondered about her father. Was he in pain? Was he alive?
5     Finally, the fighting began to wind down. Then came the hungry months. Streams of people had crossed their ruined farm. Soldiers, mostly, trying to get home. Sarah's mother had fed them all. Reb or Yank, black or white, it made no difference to Mrs. Calhoun. They all needed a hot meal. They all needed, Mother said, a touch of mercy, a bit of comfort.
6     Several times a day, there would be a knock on the door. Each time, Mrs. Calhoun had warmly greeted the visitor. She had scraped together something, somehow. The last of their large flock of chickens had long since gone into the stew pot. Sarah had marveled. Her mother could make a meal when it seemed that their cupboards were bare. "We have been given much," Mother had said firmly. "We must give to those who come to us."
7     It was true, Sarah thought. They had much to be thankful for. The farmhouse had been damaged. But they still had a home. Many families didn't. Sarah and her two younger brothers had lived through the fever. But thousands had died of disease after the shooting was over. And since the war, Mother had fed many poor souls. But her family had never gone hungry.
8     Best of all was the letter from Father! He had been wounded, but he was alive. He'd be home soon. Over half a million Southern men would never come home again. Too much sorrow, Sarah thought. Too much to take in. How could her family be so blessed?
9     Why, only a week ago Mr. Sam had brought two hens and a rooster. "Here, Miz Calhoun," Sam had said. "Some of them chickens you give away has done come home to roost!"

Paragraphs 10 to 18:
For the complete story with questions: click here for printable

Weekly Reading Books

          Create Weekly Reading Books

Prepare for an entire week at once!

After the Civil War

             After the Civil War

More Lessons
             High School Reading Comprehensions and High School Reading Lessons
             Special Education United States History Materials for Teachers

United States
             United States

    American Government  
    Black History and Blacks in U.S. History  
    Children in History  
    Government Careers  
    Hispanic Heritage  
    How Can I Help?  
    National Parks and Monuments  
    Native Americans  
    Presidents of the United States  
    Women's History  

United States History
    A Nation Divided
    A New Nation
    After the Civil War
    American Revolution  
    Cold War
    Colonial America (1492-1776)  
    Lewis and Clark
    Pearl Harbor  
    Spanish American War (1898)  
    The 1890's  
    The 1900's  
    The 1910's  
    The 1920's  
    The 1930's  
    The 1940's  
    The 1950's  
    The 1960's  
    The 1970's  
    The 1980's  
    The 1990's  
    The 2000's  
    The Civil War
    The Great Depression
    The United States Grows
    The War of 1812  
    Wild, Wild West  
    World War I
    World War II  

50 States

             Fifty States Theme Unit

Document Based Activities
      Document Based Activities

More Activities, Lesson Plans, and Worksheets

Back to School
Graphic Organizers
Alphabet Worksheets
Sight Words
Math Worksheets
50 States

Monthly Themes

Place Value
Time and Calendar
Earth Day
Solar System
Following Directions
Cursive Writing
Patterns and Sequencing
All About Me

First Grade
Second Grade
Third Grade
Fourth Grade
Fifth Grade
Sixth Grade

Main Idea
Cause and Effect
Order of Operations
Community Helpers
Addition and Subtraction
Bulletin Board Ideas
Word Searches
Crossword Puzzles
Printable Puzzles

Reading Comprehension
Reading Skills
English Language Arts

Copyright © 2015 edHelper