Bed in Summer
Reading Comprehension Activity

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson

Besides being a adventure novelist and a travel writer, Robert Louis Stevenson was also known for his children’s poetry. This poem is from his collection called “A Child’s Garden of Verses.” Students will read the poem and respond to questions on the language and the poem’s meaning.

Topic(s): Realistic Fiction. Skill(s): Theme, Figurative Language, Rhythm & Rhyme. Genre(s): Poetry

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In winter I get up at night
And dress by yellow candle-light.
In summer, quite the other way,
I have to go to bed by day.

I have to go to bed and see
The birds still hopping on the tree,
Or hear the grown-up people’s feet
Still going past me in the street.

And does it not seem hard to you,
When all the sky is clear and blue,
And I should like so much to play,
To have to go to bed by day?

Comprehension Questions

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