Worksheets and No Prep Teaching Resources
Worksheets and No Prep Teaching Resources
Reading Comprehension Worksheets
History of Books and Writing
Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

History of Books and Writing
History of Books and Writing


Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Print Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Reading Comprehension with Sixth Grade Work

Print Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Reading Comprehension


Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 6 to 8
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   7.83

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    determined, inkpad, abusive, deathbed, deception, staples, rebellion, longhand, passion, occupation, humorous, award-winning, writing, emotional, original, passionate
     content words:    Phyllis Naylor, West Virginia, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, Great Depression, Huckleberry Finn, Tom Sawyer, Rex Naylor, In Shiloh, Newbery Medal, In The Bomb


Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
By Colleen Messina
  

1     When Phyllis Naylor met a sick beagle on a woodland path, she had no idea that the encounter would inspire an award-winning book. She was visiting West Virginia, and she went for a walk with some friends. A shy, sick animal peered out at them from the deep woods with round, sad eyes. He eventually followed them home, and Phyllis nursed the dog back to health. Shiloh wheedled his way into Phyllis's heart and into the pages of her famous book by the same name.
 
2     Phyllis Reynolds Naylor says, "Writing is something I have been doing all my life." She was born on January 4, 1933, in Anderson, Indiana, and she grew up during the Great Depression. Naylor's family was poor, but they had a wealth of good books! Her parents read to her until she was in her teens, and her father did an especially good job of making books come to life. He would imitate the voices of the characters in Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer to make reading an exciting pastime for his children.
 
3     Each day, the future author rushed home from school to see if there was any paper in the trash. Her family had a rule that the kids had to use old paper for writing or drawing. Phyllis would staple the sheets together and paste a strip of colored paper over the staples so it looked like a bound book. She wrote her story on the top of the page and drew a picture on the bottom. Then, she pasted half an old envelope on the cover and put an index card inside, just like a library book. She said she was "the author, illustrator, printer, binder, and librarian, all in one."
 
4     Phyllis graduated from homemade books at age 16 when she started writing stories and poems for a church paper. She was encouraged by her former Sunday school teacher, and soon she began selling stories to popular magazines. She was married briefly when she was 18, but the marriage ended in divorce because of her husband's mental illness. Phyllis later used her experience with her husband to write an adult novel.
 
5     Perhaps Phyllis's desire to understand mental illness led her to earn a Bachelor's degree in clinical psychology. In between classes, she supported herself by writing stories. After graduation, she didn't pursue psychology because she knew that she wanted to be a full time writer.

Paragraphs 6 to 11:
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 Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Leave your feedback on Phyllis Reynolds Naylor  (use this link if you found an error in the story)



History of Books and Writing
             History of Books and Writing


Social Studies
             Social Studies


    United States History and Theme Units  
 
    American Government  
 
    Ancient America  
 
    Ancient China  
 
    Ancient Egypt  
 
    Ancient Greece  
 
    Ancient India  
 
    Ancient Mesopotamia  
 
    Ancient Rome  
 
    Biographies  
 
    Canadian Theme Unit  
 
    Country Theme Units  
 
    Crime and Terrorism  
 
    Economics  
 
    European History: 1600s-1800s  
 
 
    Explorers  
 
    Famous Educators  
 
    Geography  
 
    Grades 2-3 Social Studies Wendy's World Series  
 
    History of Books and Writing  
 
    History of Mathematics  
 
    How Can I Help?  
 
    Inventors and Inventions  
 
    Middle Ages  
 
    Renaissance  
 
    World Religion  
 
    World War I  
 
    World War II  
 
    World Wonders  
 



Copyright © 2017 edHelper