A Week of Birthdays
Reading Comprehension Activity

Author: Mother Goose

English-speaking children have grown up with Mother Goose nursery rhymes for centuries. As with many Mother Goose poems, this one teaches a lesson; in this case, the days of the week. Students will read the poem and respond to language and comprehension questions.

Topic(s): Fairy Tales & Fables. Skill(s): Summary, Context Clues. Genre(s): Poetry

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Monday’s child is fair of face,
Tuesday’s child is full of grace,
Wednesday’s child is full of woe,
Thursday’s child has far to go,
Friday’s child is loving and giving,
Saturday’s child works hard for its living,
But the child that’s born on the Sabbath day
Is bonny and blithe, and good and gay.

Comprehension Questions

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