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Drama in the Field (part 2)


Drama in the Field (part 2)
Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grade 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.16

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    affront, hawed, unforeseeable, verbiage, short-term, gender, havoc, assured, tactics, pact, agreeable, grungy, hemmed, sterilize, agenda, criticism
     content words:    My Damaris, Doctor Sam, Doctor Joy, Then Gabriel, Papua New Guinea


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Drama in the Field (part 2)
By Brenda B. Covert
  

1     I was in a canoe with Gabriel. Every man in the village had made a pact to get those medical supplies by whatever means necessary. The result was that a whole fleet of canoes was on the river headed for town! I only hoped that they wouldn't resort to guerrilla tactics to get those supplies.
 
2     The shrill cry of a nearby bird hidden in the dense undergrowth of the rainforest startled me, and I inadvertently rocked the boat.
 
3     "Dr. Sam," Gabriel said, "please be careful. Falling into this river would be foolish. My Damaris tells me that you blame it for my people's many illnesses."
 
4     Damaris and some of the women of the village came to a weekly health class that Joy and I were teaching. We urged them to sterilize the water before using it in cooking or bathing. They had always bathed and washed their things in the river. Our teachings were contrary to their way of life, but if they intended to pursue a healthier way of life, they would have to make some enormous changes in the way things were done. Luckily they viewed me as an expert on the subject and were agreeable to making the suggested changes.

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