Rhythm & Rhyme Reading Passages

While both prose and poetry may have rhythm and rhyme, they are most apparent in poetry. Rhythm is a sound pattern based on stressed and unstressed syllables. Rhyme is two or more words that have a corresponding sound, especially at the end of the word, as in "light" and "night." Poets often place rhyming words at the end of a line, but they may also place them in the middle of a line, which is called interior rhyme.

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Fun Poems

Teaching poetry can be made easy with a little wit, a splash of humor, and a dash of fun. This reading set has all that and mor...

Reading Set: 12 Passages

Mother Goose

Many children are already familiar with the Mother Goose nursery rhymes, which makes them easier to read for beginning reader...

Reading Set: 6 Passages

A Child’s Garden of Verses

It’s hard to believe that the same person who wrote “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” could write charming children’s poetry, but Rob...

Reading Set: 7 Passages

Edgar Allan Poe

Macabre, dark, foreboding; these adjectives are often used to describe the works of Edgar Allan Poe. While this is true of ma...

Reading Set: 5 Passages

Romeo and Juliet

"For never was there a tale of more woe/Than this of Juliet and her Romeo." The last lines of William Shakespeare's "Romeo an...

Reading Set: 4 Passages

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll's iconic "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" is a journey with little Alice through a fantastical world full of va...

Reading Set: 12 Passages

Old Dog

by RV Staff Writer J.C.

This short but impactful poem describes the ways a p...

197 Words, 6th-9th Grades, Rhythm & Rhyme, Summary, and Theme

The New Colossus

by Emma Lazarus

Written by Emma Lazurus in 1883, this poem appears o...

141 Words, 9th-12th Grades, Figurative Language, Rhythm & Rhyme, and Theme

Defence of Ft. McHenry: The Original Star Spangled Banner

by Francis Scott Key

Before it was the "The Star-Spangled Banner," the ly...

412 Words, 6th-9th Grades, Figurative Language, Rhythm & Rhyme, and Summary

The Seagull

A trip to the beach means seeing a seagull or two, but look out! These birds can be tricky, and they're always hungry. Students...

135 Words, 1st-3rd Grades, Character Traits, Rhythm & Rhyme, and Story Elements