The moon

Words: 101-200

Skills: Figurative Language Rhythm & Rhyme Theme

Grades: 1st 2nd 3rd

Topics: Folklore, Myths, and Legends

Genres: Poetry

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CCSS: Reading: Literature


The Moon

by Robert Louis Stevenson from A Child’s Garden of Verses

While Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) may be best known for his adventure novels, such as “Treasure Island” and Kidnapped,” he also wrote delightful poetry for young children This is one of his poems from “A Child’s Garden of Verses.” Students will read the poem and respond to questions on the language and the meaning.

Reading Comprehension Passage

The Moon

by Robert Louis Stevenson from A Child’s Garden of Verses
The moon has a face like the clock in the hall;
She shines on thieves on the garden wall,
On streets and fields and harbor quays,
And birdies asleep in the forks of the trees.

The squalling cat and the squeaking mouse,
The howling dog by the door of the house,
The bat that lies in bed at noon,
All love to be out by the light of the moon.

But all of the things that belong to the day
Cuddle to sleep to be out of her way;
And flowers and children close their eyes
Till up in the morning the sun shall arise.

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Reading Comprehension Questions

1. What is the face of the moon compared with?

2. What creatures love to be out in darkness?

3. Who waits for morning to be awake?

4. Look at the last words of the poetry lines. Write two of the words that rhyme.

5. Write another pair of words from the poem that rhyme.