The swing

Words: 50-100

Skills: Figurative Language Rhythm & Rhyme Summary

Grades: 1st 2nd 3rd

Topics: Realistic Fiction

Genres: Poetry

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CCSS: Reading: Literature

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The Swing


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

Robert Louis Stevenson delighted generations of children with his simple, playful poetry. This poem is from “A Child’s Garden of Verses.” After reading the poem, students will respond to questions on its language and details.

Reading Comprehension Passage

The Swing

by Robert Louis Stevenson from A Child’s Garden of Verses
How do you like to go up in a swing,
     Up in the air so blue?
Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing
     Ever a child can do!

Up in the air and over the wall,
     Till I can see so wide,
Rivers and trees and cattle and all
     Over the countryside—

Till I look down on the garden green,
     Down on the roof so brown—
Up in the air I go flying again,
     Up in the air and down!

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Reading Comprehension Questions

1. Give three sets of rhyming words from the poem.



2. Why does the poet say the air is blue?



3.  List three things that the person on the swing sees.



4. The poem says, “Up in the air I go flying again.” How is being on a swing like flying?