Brightly-colored umbrella against blue sky
Which type of weather is your favorite?

Grade 4 Reading Foundation - Prose and Poetry

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Stories and poetry should be read aloud by students. Having opportunities to read selections aloud will help students learn how to pronounce words accurately. They will also learn to read selections at the appropriate pace. In this quiz, students will read a selection of text and answer questions about how it should be read.

Poem - Weather

Sun shines brightly down to the land below
The ray points a finger at me
I smile up toward the sun
As if to agree with its warmth.

Snow falls slowly down to the land below
It knows I don’t like the freezing cold
I dodge the snowflakes to miss them
Like a player would during a dodgeball game.

Rain falls heavily down to the land below
The clouds shoot the drops down
As if it were my BB gun.
It forces me to protect myself from its wrath.
1.
Read the poem – Weather above.
What does the following line mean?
The ray points a finger at me.
The sun is shining away from the land
The sun’s ray looks like a finger
The sun is shining at the narrator
The sun has only one ray shining
The sentence means that the narrator is seeing the sun shining down on him or her
2.
Read the poem – Weather above.
What does the word “wrath” mean?
Anger
Warmth
Coldness
Tears
Wrath would mean anger because the poem explains that the raindrops were being shot down to the ground
3.
Read the poem – Weather above.
What does the following line mean?
The clouds shoot the drops down.
Rain is coming down hard
The rain will stop soon
Rain is worse than snow
The narrator likes the rain
The rain is coming down hard, so it would seem like they are being shot down
4.
Read the poem – Weather above.
What weather does the narrator like?
Sunny
Snowy
Rainy
It is hard to determine from the poem
The narrator speaks positively about the sun
5.
Read the poem – Weather above.
Why does the narrator “dodge the snowflakes”?
Because the narrator is playing a game
Because they are cold
Because the narrator wants the snowflakes to gather in a ball on the ground
Because that is where the narrator believes they should land
The narrator does not like the cold weather, so he or she would dodge the snowflakes
6.
Read the poem – Weather above.
You are reading the poem aloud. When should you take a pause?
After each word
After each stanza
After each line
At the end of the poem
Usually, a poet will read the poem by taking a break or pause after each stanza if the stanzas are short
7.
Read the poem – Weather above.
Why does the narrator agree with the sun?
He or she wants the sun to stop shining
He or she appreciates its warmth
He or she wants the sun not to shine so harshly
He or she believes the sun will stop shining tomorrow
The poem shows that the narrator appreciates the sun
8.
Read the poem – Weather above.
How should the expression change in the reader’s voice as he or she reads the poem?
The reader will first read it in a confusing way and then in a normal way
The poem is all happy, so there will be no change
The reader will first read sadly and then happily
The reader will first read happily and then get sad or angry
Since the narrator likes sunny weather, then the first part should be read happily. The second and third stanzas should be read sadly or angrily because the narrator does not like rain or snow
9.
Read the poem – Weather above.
What does each line have in common with the other lines in the stanza?
Each stanza is about a certain type of weather
Each stanza is about a different character
Each stanza is at about different setting
Each stanza is about a different action
The first stanza is about the sun, the second one is about the snow and the third stanza is about the rain
10.
Read the poem – Weather above.
What is the purpose of the poem?
To express feelings toward weather
To inform about different types of weather
To entertain with a story about weather
To persuade people to like weather
In this poem, the author wrote the poem to express his or her feelings about the weather
Author:  Amy Flanders

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