Poetry Reading Passages

Poetry is a written piece that emphasizes ideas or feelings. It often uses imagery, emotion, figurative language, rhythm, and rhyme. Some poems, like a sonnet or haiku, have a prescribed form. Others, such as free verse, have no specific format.

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Mother Goose

Many children are already familiar with the Mother Goose nursery rhymes, which makes them easier to read for beginning readers. While the origins of Mother Goose may be shrouded in history, the poems attributed to her still delight children centuries later. This reading set includes some of the most famous of these beloved rhymes from a 1916 compilation.

Reading Set: 6 Passages

A Child’s Garden of Verses

It’s hard to believe that the same person who wrote “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” could write charming children’s poetry, but Robert Louis Stevenson did just that. His poems for children show a deep insight into childhood, from being sick in bed to swinging high on a swing. This reading set includes some of his most beloved poems.

Reading Set: 7 Passages

U.S. Presidents

Forty-four men have served as President of the United States. They have lead the country through wars, economic depressions, and monumental achievements. Some were assassinated, some died in office, two were impeached, and one resigned from office. The stories of their lives reflects 200 years of American history. This reading set on the presidents includes multiple grade levels and both fiction and nonfiction.

Reading Set: 10 Passages

Edgar Allan Poe

Macabre, dark, foreboding; these adjectives are often used to describe the works of Edgar Allan Poe. While this is true of many of his more notable works, like "The Raven" and "The Fall of the House of Usher," Poe wrote other less ominous poems and stories as well. This Reading Set includes passages for many of Poe's most famous works, as well as some lesser-known treasures.

Reading Set: 5 Passages

Picture-books in Winter

by Robert Louis Stevenson from A Child’s Garden of Verses

“A Child’s Garden of Verses” is Robert Louis Stevens...

110 Words, 1st-3rd Grades, Figurative Language and Theme

My Shadow

by Robert Louis Stevenson from A Child’s Garden of Verses

This delightful poem by Robert Louis Stevenson was p...

152 Words, 1st-3rd Grades, Context Clues, Rhythm & Rhyme, and Theme

The Land of Counterpane

by Robert Louis Stevenson from A Child’s Garden of Verses

This poem is from “A Child’s Garden of Verses” by Ro...

118 Words, 1st-3rd Grades, Figurative Language, Rhythm & Rhyme, and Theme

The Swing

by Robert Louis Stevenson from A Child’s Garden of Verses

Robert Louis Stevenson delighted generations of chil...

84 Words, 1st-3rd Grades, Figurative Language, Rhythm & Rhyme, and Summary

Bed in Summer

by Robert Louis Stevenson from A Child’s Garden of Verses

Besides being a adventure novelist and a travel writ...

92 Words, 1st-3rd Grades, Figurative Language, Rhythm & Rhyme, and Theme

Foreign Lands

by Robert Louis Stevenson from A Child’s Garden of Verses

Robert Louis Stevenson was a poet as well as a novel...

131 Words, 1st-3rd Grades, Rhythm & Rhyme, Summary, and Theme