Worksheets and No Prep Teaching Resources
Worksheets and No Prep Teaching Resources
Reading Comprehension Worksheets
The Civil War

Stretcher Men

The Civil War<BR>(1861-1865)
The Civil War

Stretcher Men
Print Stretcher Men Reading Comprehension

Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   high interest, readability grades 9 to 10
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4.12

     challenging words:    pain-filled, unending, better, sheer, stretcher, battlefield, fictional, bullet, usable, expression, battle, impossible, silence, reflect, meantime, laid
     content words:    Simon O'Neill, Richard Calhoun, Plum Run

Stretcher Men
By Mary L. Bushong

1     Note: This story is fictional though set in a real battle.
2     Simon O'Neill and Richard Calhoun picked their way across the battlefield near the bottom of the hill. It was near the end of the second day of battle at Gettysburg. The sweat made Simon's red hair seem almost as dark as Richard's black hair. The light breeze cooled their faces as they stumbled forward.
3     Simon couldn't remember when he had been more tired. The numbers of men needing help seemed unending. The two of them had already made many trips to the field hospital, and it looked like they would keep going a lot longer.
4     Simon's shoe squished with water from where he had stepped into the little stream called Plum Run. The water was still red, but not as dark as it had been. He thought the name should be changed to reflect the events of the day. They had pulled more than one body from its narrow bed already. He wondered if the men had fallen there, or if they had dragged themselves to the edge looking for a last drink of water. In any case, it would be a while before the water was usable.

Paragraphs 5 to 13:
For the complete story with questions: click here for printable

Weekly Reading Books

          Create Weekly Reading Books

Prepare for an entire week at once!

Feedback on Stretcher Men
Leave your feedback on Stretcher Men   (use this link if you found an error in the story)

The Civil War

             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

Copyright © 2018 edHelper