Old King Cole
Reading Comprehension Activity

Author: Mother Goose

The beloved Mother Goose nursery rhymes have been around for centuries. This version of one of the classic poems is from a 1916 collection. Students will read the poem and respond to questions on the language and the details.

Topic(s): Fairy Tales & Fables. Skill(s): Summary, Figurative Language, Rhythm & Rhyme. Genre(s): Poetry

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     Old King Cole
     Was a merry old soul,
And a merry old soul was he;
     He called for his pipe,
     And he called for his bowl,
And he called for his fiddlers three!
And every fiddler, he had a fine fiddle,
      And a very fine fiddle had he.
“Twee tweedle dee, tweedle dee,” went the fiddlers.
     Oh, there’s none so rare
     As can compare
With King Cole and his fiddlers three.

Comprehension Questions

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