edHelper.com
Women's History
Annie Edson Taylor: Queen of the Mist



Annie Edson Taylor: Queen of the Mist
Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   5.11

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    housecat, penniless, short-lived, Stunters, towed, salary, bleak, feat, rescuers, heart-shaped, schoolteacher, rowboat, entire, suicide, especially, fortune
     content words:    Niagara Falls, Annie Edson Taylor, Edson Taylor, Stunters Section, Oakwood Cemetery, New York


Print Annie Edson Taylor: Queen of the Mist
     Print Annie Edson Taylor: Queen of the Mist  (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 Annie Edson Taylor: Queen of the Mist
     Leave your feedback on Annie Edson Taylor: Queen of the Mist  (use this link if you found an error in the story)


Other Languages
     Spanish: Annie Edson Taylor: Reina de la Niebla


Annie Edson Taylor: Queen of the Mist
By Joyce Furstenau
  

1     Fifteen people have intentionally gone over Niagara Falls. Some of them have gone in or on a device. Only a handful have lived to tell about it. Those who survive the Falls are often called daredevils. Those who don't are called deceased.
 
2     The first person to survive a trip over Niagara Falls in a barrel was a woman named Annie Edson Taylor. She celebrated her forty-third birthday by going over the Falls.
 
3     Why would a woman her age want to go over Niagara Falls? She needed money. Annie was a widowed schoolteacher from Michigan. She had lost all her money twice. She was nearly penniless. There were few opportunities for women to earn money then. Annie felt that her future looked bleak. She wanted more than her teacher's salary to sustain her. She believed being the first person to take a trip over the Falls in a barrel would bring her fame as well as fortune.
 
4     The barrel was made especially for the stunt. It was made of oak and padded with cushions. It was four-and-a-half feet high and four feet across. It was a tight fit for a grown up. A pair of leather shoulder straps was fastened inside to serve as a harness. The empty barrel weighed 160 pounds. Annie also weighed 160 pounds. Could it have been just a coincidence that the Falls were also 160 feet high?
 
5     She faced one delay after another before she could carry out her stunt. No one wanted to be a part of a "suicide mission." They decided to test the barrel's strength by sending a housecat over the Falls first. The cat made it with no problems.

Paragraphs 6 to 12:
For the complete story with questions: click here for printable



Weekly Reading Books

          Create Weekly Reading Books

Prepare for an entire week at once!


Women's History
             Women's History


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)
 
 
    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

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





Copyright © 2011 edHelper