Old Dog
Reading Comprehension Activity

Author: 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.

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

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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.

Comprehension Questions

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