The house that jack built

Words: 301-400

Skills: Rhythm & Rhyme Summary

Grades: K 1st 2nd

Topics: Fairy Tales and Fables

Genres: Poetry

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CCSS: Reading: Literature

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The House That Jack Built


by Mother Goose from The Real Mother Goose

For hundreds of years, children have been delighted by the nursery rhymes attributed to Mother Goose. This poem is from a collection published in 1916. After reading the poem, students will respond to questions on the language and the events in the poem.

Reading Comprehension Passage

The House That Jack Built

by Mother Goose from The Real Mother Goose
This is the house that Jack built.

This is the malt
That lay in the house that Jack built.

This is the rat,
That ate the malt
That lay in the house that Jack built.

This is the cat,
That killed the rat,
That ate the malt
That lay in the house that Jack built.

This is the dog,
That worried the cat,
That killed the rat,
That ate the malt
That lay in the house that Jack built.

This is the cow with the crumpled horn,
That tossed the dog,
That worried the cat,
That killed the rat,
That ate the malt
That lay in the house that Jack built.

This is the maiden all forlorn,
That milked the cow with the crumpled horn,
That tossed the dog,
That worried the cat,
That killed the rat,
That ate the malt
That lay in the house that Jack built

This is the man all tattered and torn,
That kissed the maiden all forlorn,
That milked the cow with the crumpled horn,
That tossed the dog,
That worried the cat,
That killed the rat,
That ate the malt
That lay in the house that Jack built.

This is the priest all shaven and shorn,
That married the man all tattered and torn,
That kissed the maiden all forlorn,
That milked the cow with the crumpled horn,
That tossed the dog,
That worried the cat,
That killed the rat,
That ate the malt
That lay in the house that Jack built.

This is the cock that crowed in the morn,
That woke the priest all shaven and shorn,
That married the man all tattered and torn,
That kissed the maiden all forlorn,
That milked the cow with the crumpled horn,
That tossed the dog,
That worried the cat,
That killed the rat,
That ate the malt
That lay in the house that Jack built.

This is the farmer sowing the corn,
That kept the cock that crowed in the morn,
That woke the priest all shaven and shorn,
That married the man all tattered and torn,
That kissed the maiden all forlorn,
That milked the cow with the crumpled horn,
That tossed the dog,
That worried the cat,
That killed the rat,
That ate the malt
That lay in the house that Jack built.

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Reading Comprehension Questions

1. What did the cat do to the rat?



2. What are two words that rhyme in the poem?



3. Who had a crumpled horn?



4. What do you think “sowing” means in the poem when it says, “This is the farmer sowing the corn”?