What Does Bandit Want?
Reading Comprehension Activity

If only dogs could talk! Bandit wakes Alexis up one morning with something on his mind, but Alexis is having trouble figuring out what her puppy is trying to tell her. After reading the story, students will answer follow-up questions about the details of the story and the plot.

Topic(s): Realistic Fiction. Skill(s): Summary, Story Elements. Genre(s): Prose

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Passage

Most days, Alexis woke up when her alarm clock beeped. Today she felt something tap on her legs. Then she felt a cold wet spot on her cheek. She opened her eyes.

“Good morning, Bandit!” Alexis said. Bandit was a fluffy black and white puppy with floppy ears and a cute nose. He licked Alexis’ face and wagged his tail.

Bandit jumped on the bed and licked Alexis again. Then he jumped down and ran towards the bedroom door.

“Woof!” said Bandit.

“Do you want to play, Bandit?” Alexis asked. She got out of bed and put on her slippers. “Let’s go find your ball!”

Alexis followed Bandit into the living room. She picked up his bright yellow tennis ball. “Here you go,” said Alexis.

But Bandit was already leaving the living room. Alexis tossed the ball to get his attention. Bandit watched the ball bounce past and looked at Alexis. “Woof!”

“You don’t want to play fetch? Should I pet you instead?” She walked over to bandit and patted his head.

Normally, Bandit liked to have his ears scratched, but today he stepped away from Alexis instead. “Woof, woof!” Bandit barked, a little louder this time.

Alexis reached out to pat Bandit again, but this time the puppy ran into the kitchen.

Alexis followed Bandit into the kitchen Bandit was sitting on the floor, looking up at her. He wagged his tail.

“Do you want to go outside and play?” asked Alexis. She opened the back door so Bandit could run out.

Bandit sat still and looked at Alexis. “WOOF!” he barked. Then he walked over to his water bowl.

Alexis looked down and saw that Bandit’s bowl was empty. “Oh!” cried Alexis. “Are you thirsty?” She filled the bowl with fresh clean water.

Bandit didn’t answer. He was too busy lapping up water to bark back at Alexis. But he wagged his tail while he drank, and Alexis knew that her puppy was happy.

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