Close-up of elephant's trunk carrying grass
Read the poem about elephants and then answer the questions.

Grade 5 Reading Foundation - Poetry

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Stories and poetry should be read aloud for certain reasons. One reason is so the student reads the text accurately. They should also be reading it at an appropriate rate and with expression. Reading prose and poetry orally should be done frequently. In this quiz, students will read a poem and answer the questions about reading it orally.

Poem - Elephants

Stomping along the trail,
With riders and supplies on their backs
They carry, transport, and assist
Tribe members make the elephants rely upon them.

Up on their back legs
The animals follow the commands
Trainer whips his lead
Applause for the entertainment.

Behind bars and trapped
Elephants wander and live
Every so often people wave to them
They eat and sleep, eat and sleep, eat and sleep.

In a large vast space,
Roaming for miles and acres
Still in captivity
Seems like the wild

Using their trunks as defensive tools
To ward off an attacking cheetah,
These animals must fend off predators
And search for food themselves.
1.
Read the poem - Elephants above.
With what expression should the third stanza be read?
With a happy tone
With a bored tone
With an excited tone
With a loud voice
Since the elephants are bored, the stanza should be read with a bored tone
2.
Read the poem - Elephants above.
How should the last stanza be expressed when reading it aloud?
With a confused tone
With a joyful tone
With a soft voice
With a scared tone
This stanza should be read in an angry or scared way
3.
Read the poem - Elephants above.
How should the first stanza be read?
In a tired way
In an energetic way
In a crazy way
In an angry way
Since the elephants are having to do labor, they would be tired
4.
Read the poem - Elephants above.
At what point should the student pause while reading the poem?
After each word
After each line
After each stanza
After each few words
A pause should take place after each stanza
5.
Read the poem - Elephants above.
Why should the student read the poem a little slower than reading a story?
Because the audience would not understand the message if not read slower
In order to create a more dramatic effect
Because poems usually contain more difficult words than stories
So the audience can memorize the poem
Poems are written for songs and for dramatic effect
6.
Read the poem - Elephants above.
Where is the elephant in the first stanza?
In a zoo
In the wild
In a reserve
In a village
This elephant is in a village since it is working
7.
Read the poem - Elephants above.
Where is the elephant in the second stanza?
In a circus
In a zoo
In a reserve
In the wild
A trainer would most likely be at a zoo
8.
Read the poem - Elephants above.
Where is the elephant in the third stanza?
In the wild
In a village
In a circus
In a zoo
This elephant is in a zoo behind bars
9.
Read the poem - Elephants above.
Where is the elephant in the fourth stanza?
In a zoo
In a reserve
In a village
In a circus
This elephant is in a reserve where it can roam around, but is still enclosed
10.
Read the poem - Elephants above.
Where is the elephant in the fifth stanza?
In the wild
In a reserve
In a village
In a zoo
Since the elephant must protect itself, it is in the wild
Author:  Amy Flanders

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