Worksheets and No Prep Teaching Resources
Worksheets and No Prep Teaching Resources
Reading Comprehension Worksheets
Social Studies   Biographies
Black History and Blacks in U.S. History
Wild, Wild West


Black History and Blacks in U.S. History
Black History and Blacks in U.S. History



Bass Reeves: First Black U.S. Deputy
Print Bass Reeves: First Black U.S. Deputy Reading Comprehension with Fourth Grade Work

Print Bass Reeves: First Black U.S. Deputy Reading Comprehension with Fifth Grade Work

Print Bass Reeves: First Black U.S. Deputy Reading Comprehension with Sixth Grade Work

Print Bass Reeves: First Black U.S. Deputy Reading Comprehension

Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.39

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    elusive, gunfight, jurisdiction, manhunt, warrant, creativity, discharge, notorious, deputy, forbidden, effective, slavery, successful, serving, stallion, refused
     content words:    Bass Reeves, George Reeves, Civil War, Confederate Army, President Lincoln, Creek Indians, Emancipation Proclamation, Indian Territory, Isaac Parker, Fort Smith
Bass Reeves: First Black U.S. Deputy

By Joyce Furstenau
1     Bass Reeves was born into slavery in Paris, Texas, in 1824. He took the last name of his owner, George Reeves. He worked as a water boy on his master's farm until he was old enough to go to work beside his father in the fields. George Reeves took a liking to the tall, young slave boy. He made him his household servant and personal companion when he was older. When the Civil War broke out in 1861, George Reeves joined the Confederate Army and took Bass Reeves with him into battle. It was during this time Bass Reeves ran away from his master.
 
2     Some said it was because his master beat him severely after losing a card game. Some said it was the other way around. Others said Bass heard that President Lincoln was freeing the slaves. Whatever the reason, Bass Reeves simply ran away. He ended up living with the Seminole and Creek Indians for nearly two years. During his stay with the Indians, he learned to use a rifle and became an expert with pistols. He became so good with the rifle that he was forbidden to enter turkey shoot contests in the area.
 
3     Bass Reeves left his Indian home sometime in 1863. He bought his own land in Arkansas when the Emancipation Proclamation freed the slaves. He got married and was a successful farmer and rancher. He and his wife, Nellie, had ten children. There were five boys and five girls growing up on his Arkansas farm.

Paragraphs 4 to 10:
For the complete story with questions: click here for printable





Feedback on Bass Reeves: First Black U.S. Deputy
     Leave your feedback on Bass Reeves: First Black U.S. Deputy  (use this link if you found an error in the story)



Weekly Reading Books

          Create Weekly Reading Books

Prepare for an entire week at once!


Black History and Blacks in U.S. History
             Black History and Blacks in U.S. History


Wild, Wild West
             Wild, Wild West


More Lessons
             January Worksheets and Workbooks | edHelper.com


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?  
 
 
    Immigration  
 
    National Parks and Monuments  
 
    Native Americans  
 
    Presidents of the United States  
 
    Women's History  
 


United States History
    A Nation Divided
(1840-1861)
 
 
    A New Nation
(1776-1830)
 
 
    After the Civil War
(1865-1870)
 
 
    American Revolution  
 
    Cold War
(1947-1991)
 
 
    Colonial America (1492-1776)  
 
    Lewis and Clark
(1804-1806)
 
 
    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
(1861-1865)
 
 
    The Great Depression
(1929-1945)
 
 
    The United States Grows
(1865-1900)
 
 
    The War of 1812  
 
    Wild, Wild West  
 
    World War I
(1914-1918)
 
 
    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
Mazes
50 States
Education
Teaching

Monthly Themes
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December

Fractions
Place Value
Time and Calendar
Money
Earth Day
Solar System
Analogies
Nouns
Following Directions
Listening
Capitalization
Cursive Writing
Patterns and Sequencing
Dinosaurs
All About Me

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

Multiplication
Division
Main Idea
Cause and Effect
Measurement
Decimals
Rounding
Order of Operations
Verbs
Community Helpers
Adjectives
Plants
Grammar
Addition and Subtraction
Contractions
Bulletin Board Ideas
Word Searches
Crossword Puzzles
Printable Puzzles

Reading Comprehension
Reading Skills
English Language Arts