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 reader...

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 Rob...

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, ...

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 ma...

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