Women's History
Zilpha Keatley Snyder

Zilpha Keatley Snyder
Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   5.17

     challenging words:    schoolteacher, ultimate, somewhat, embroider, teaching, writing, dreams, interesting, storyteller, rarely, childhood, imagination, ideal, hearing, marriage, order
     content words:    Zilpha Keatley Snyder, When Zilpha, Whittier College, Larry Snyder, Air Force, Korean War, Keatley Snyder, Though Zilpha

Print Zilpha Keatley Snyder
     Print Zilpha Keatley Snyder  (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 Zilpha Keatley Snyder
     Leave your feedback on Zilpha Keatley Snyder  (use this link if you found an error in the story)

Zilpha Keatley Snyder
By Brandi Waters

1     Zilpha Keatley Snyder is a storyteller. She has been telling stories for as long as she can remember. It was somewhat of a tradition in her family. Zilpha's mother and father would often tell stories about their own lives. They told stories about their parents and the things that they did as children. Zilpha loved hearing their stories. Even more, she loved telling stories on her own. But Zilpha's stories were different. The stories that Zilpha's parents told were always true. Zilpha felt that her stories needed a little help! Zilpha was very young. There weren't a lot of interesting things going on in her life. Her stories just couldn't compare to all of the great stories her parents told. So, Zilpha would often take matters into her own hands. She might not have had a long and interesting life to draw her stories from, but she did have one thing - imagination! Zilpha could rarely resist the urge to spice up her stories with a bit of her own imagination. It happened so often that Zilpha's mother would often tell her, "Just tell it. Don't embroider it."
2     Zilpha's childhood was filled with stories. She made up her own stories and games about the people and animals around her. She read a lot of books. She thought of the library as a place filled with magic, excitement, and adventure. And, of course, she told a lot of stories. When Zilpha was eight years old, she made a remarkable discovery. She learned that there were people who made a living telling stories! Not only were these people paid to write stories, sometimes they were even praised for it! It was then that Zilpha knew that she wanted to be a writer.
3     Zilpha went on through school and attended Whittier College in southern California. Reading was still one of her favorite things to do. She also held on to her desire to become a writer. It was still her ultimate goal. Still, after graduation, Zilpha felt that she needed to take a job doing something practical. So she became a schoolteacher. Much to her surprise, it was a job that she really enjoyed. Zilpha's life became pretty busy after that. She got married. She married Larry Snyder, a student of music and an Air Force man. Because of the Korean War, Larry's job in the Air Force kept him very busy. The couple moved fifteen times during the first ten years of their marriage! They also had two children together. (Their third child was adopted from China, as an eleven year old, almost ten years later.)

Paragraphs 4 to 5:
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?  
    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
    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

More Activities, Lesson Plans, and Worksheets

Back to School
Graphic Organizers
Alphabet Worksheets
Sight Words
Math Worksheets
50 States

Monthly Themes

Place Value
Time and Calendar
Earth Day
Solar System
Following Directions
Cursive Writing
Patterns and Sequencing
All About Me

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

Main Idea
Cause and Effect
Order of Operations
Community Helpers
Addition and Subtraction
Bulletin Board Ideas
Word Searches
Crossword Puzzles
Printable Puzzles

Reading Comprehension
Reading Skills
English Language Arts

Copyright © 2011 edHelper