The Swing
Reading Comprehension Activity

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson

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.

Topic(s): Realistic Fiction. Skill(s): Summary, Figurative Language, Rhythm & Rhyme. Genre(s): Poetry

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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!

Comprehension Questions

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