The lobster quadrille

Words: 301-400

Skills: Rhythm & Rhyme Summary

Grades: 3rd 4th 5th

Topics: Adventure / Thriller and Science Fiction / Fantasy

Genres: Prose

Lexile Range: 420L - 730L

Lexile Measure: 590L

CCSS: Reading: Literature

Themes:

The Lobster Quadrille


by Lewis Carroll from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Chapter X Passage: Lewis Carroll's "Alice Adventures in Wonderland" is the story of a young girl, Alice, who finds a very strange world full of very strange characters. This passage is a song that is sung by the Mock Turtle as it dances with the Gryphon. Students will answer comprehension and rhyme questions.

Reading Comprehension Passage

The Lobster Quadrille

by Lewis Carroll from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll's Alice Adventures in Wonderland is the story of a young girl, Alice, who finds a very strange world full of very strange characters. This passage is a song that is sung by the Mock Turtle as it dances with the Gryphon. They dance "The Lobster Quadrille," a dance where everyone dances with a lobster, and eventually the lobsters are thrown out to sea. The whiting, or a type of fish, can't find a lobster, so it asks the snail to be its partner instead of a lobster.

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'"Will you walk a little faster?" said a whiting to a snail.
"There's a porpoise close behind us, and he's treading on my tail.
See how eagerly the lobsters and the turtles all advance!
They are waiting on the shingle--will you come and join the dance?

Will you, won't you, will you, won't you, will you join the dance?
Will you, won't you, will you, won't you, won't you join the dance?

"You can really have no notion how delightful it will be
When they take us up and throw us, with the lobsters, out to sea!"
But the snail replied "Too far, too far!" and gave a look askance--
Said he thanked the whiting kindly, but he would not join the dance.

Would not, could not, would not, could not, would not join the dance.
Would not, could not, would not, could not, could not join the dance.

'"What matters it how far we go?" his scaly friend replied.
"There is another shore, you know, upon the other side.
The further off from England the nearer is to France--
Then turn not pale, beloved snail, but come and join the dance.

Will you, won't you, will you, won't you, will you join the dance?
Will you, won't you, will you, won't you, won't you join the dance?"'

Passage Only

Reading Comprehension Questions

1. Write two rhyming words from the song.



2. Why does the whiting want the snail to move faster?



3. How does the whiting describe being thrown out to sea?



4. What reason does the snail give for not joining the dance?