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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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

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

The Moon

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

While Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) may be best...

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

A Week of Birthdays

by Mother Goose from The Real Mother Goose

English-speaking children have grown up with Mother ...

56 Words, K-2nd Grades, Context Clues and Summary

One, Two, Buckle My Shoe

by Mother Goose from The Real Mother Goose

Mother Goose nursery rhymes have been used for many ...

58 Words, K-2nd Grades, Rhythm & Rhyme and Summary

Going to St. Ives

by Mother Goose from The Real Mother Goose

This classic Mother Goose nursery rhyme comes from a...

71 Words, 1st-2nd Grades, Main / Central Idea and Summary

Old King Cole

by Mother Goose from The Real Mother Goose

The beloved Mother Goose nursery rhymes have been ar...

74 Words, K-2nd Grades, Figurative Language, Rhythm & Rhyme, and Summary

The House That Jack Built

by Mother Goose from The Real Mother Goose

For hundreds of years, children have been delighted ...

400 Words, K-2nd Grades, Rhythm & Rhyme and Summary

Sing a Song of Sixpence

by Mother Goose from The Real Mother Goose

Many generations of English-speaking children have g...

84 Words, K-2nd Grades, Context Clues and Summary