Old dog

Words: 101-200

Skills: Rhythm & Rhyme Summary Theme

Grades: 6th 7th 8th 9th

Topics: Realistic Fiction

Genres: Poetry

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CCSS: Reading: Literature


Old Dog

by RV Staff Writer J.C.

This short but impactful poem describes the ways a pet tries to win the attention of her owner, sadly without much luck. Students will read the poem and respond to questions on the rhyme scheme, the theme, and the details.

Reading Comprehension Passage

Old Dog

by RV Staff Writer J.C.

With great big brown eyes
And a heart pure and true,
She wagged her long tail,
While she looked at you.

Let’s go for a walk,
She tried to say.
But you stared at your phone,
And the dog went away.

She brought you a toy,
Trying to get you to play.
But you turned on the TV;
“I’ve had a long day.”

Hoping for a cuddle,
She jumped on your chair.
But you pushed her off,
Saying, “Get down from there.”

She tried again.
Let’s play ball at the park!
But you ignored her plea
And said, “Shh, don’t bark.”

The dog left the room
To take a nap in the sun
And dreamt of the days
When you both had such fun.

You squealed with joy
When she arrived, just a pup.
You said you’d love her forever,
But is that time up?

You made a promise
To your furry friend
To care for her always,
From the start to the end.

Go find her now,
Kiss her sweet, furry head,
And play together awhile
Before it’s time for bed.

Passage Only

Reading Comprehension Questions

1.  What are two of the ways the dog tries to communicate?

2.  What is the rhyme scheme of the first stanza?

3. What was the promise that the owner made?

4.  How does this poem make you feel, and why?

Vocabulary List

Vocabulary List

Each of the vocabulary words below are used in the reading passage. As you read the passage, pay attention to context clues that suggest the word’s meaning.

  1. stare
  2. cuddle
  3. promise
  4. plea
  5. squeal

Context Clues

Context Clues

Using context clues from the sentences in the passage, underline the correct meaning of the word in boldface.

1) “But you stared at your phone and the dog went away.”

a. played games     b. focused your eyes     c. glanced at briefly      d. blinked your eyes 

2) “Hoping for a cuddle, she jumped on your chair.”

a. a new toy     b. a special treat      c. a kind word     d. a close touch, snuggle, or hug

3) “You made a promise to your furry friend.”

a. a commitment     b. a doghouse     c. a health report     d. a suggestion

4) “But you ignored her plea and said, “Shh, don’t bark.”

a. her loud noises     b. her apology     c. her request for help     d. her repetitive actions

5) “You squealed with joy when she arrived, just a pup.”

a. danced     b. jumped     c. clapped your hands     d. made a high-pitched noise