Understanding Poetry (Grade 4)

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Understanding Poetry

Instructions: A poem is very different from a story. It has special lines, a unique form and creative ways of using words. Learning to recognize these elements can make it easier to understand a poem.


This lit-tle Lamb was brought to Nell
The day its old ewe mo-ther died,
And, now it knows and loves her well,
It will not go from Nel-ly's side.
A-long the hall, and up the stair,
You hear its lit-tle pat-ter-ing toes:
Her Pet will fol-low every-where
A-bout the house, where Nel-ly goes.
Which lines of Nelly's Pet Lamb rhyme?
  1. Lines 1 and 3
  2. Lines 2 and 3
  3. Lines 3 and 6
  4. Lines 6 and 7
Why do some words in the poem Nelly's Pet Lamb have a hyphen (-) in them?
  1. To make the words look unique
  2. To show how they are pronounced
  3. To help with the rhythm of the poem
  4. To describe the main characters
Rewrite the poem Nelly's Pet Lamb in paragraph form.

How many lines does the poem Nelly's Pet Lamb have?
  1. 1
  2. 3
  3. 6
  4. 8

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