This biography focuses on the events of Clara Barton's life that eventually made her an American hero. Not only will your students read how she started the American Red Cross, they will learn about her childhood on her family’s Massachusetts farm, her time teaching, and her work helping wounded soldiers during the Civil War, and her efforts locating soldiers missing in action. In short, Clara Barton lived her life to help others.
I provided a Vocabulary Word Bank as well as two drawings to aid in better understanding of the selection. There are three pages of text followed by twenty questions that require students to fill in the blanks. Basically, it is a close reading activity designed to improve the skills of locating information and making inferences.
The lesson is also an appropriate resource for Women's History Month in March.